FRANKFURT. With a win in today’s cup semi-final against VfB Stuttgart (8.45 p.m., ARD live), Oliver Glasner and Eintracht Frankfurt can make you forget the dry spell of the past few weeks. Eintracht has been waiting for a win in the league for nine games. Now the cup final in Berlin counts. The first semi-final between Freiburg and RB Leipzig was still in progress at the time of going to press.
And also Glasner, who was criticized for the first time in the German media in recent weeks, and after the 1-1 draw in Augsburg with one “if someone thinks that someone can do it better than Oliver Glasner, then they will tell me. Then I pack my things and leave” replied, going on the offensive before the Stuttgart game. Oliver Glasner on…
… media expectations at Eintracht Frankfurt: “I don’t think it’s as dramatic as it is made out to be. Two weeks ago I had to answer why I’m not going to coach Real Madrid or Chelsea, last week it was about whether I’m afraid of staying on as Eintracht Frankfurt coach. That’s no longer understandable.”
… his own current conclusion of the season: “There’s no harm in sitting back and looking at things from a distance. We’re ninth in the league – that’s a bit below expectations, but no drama. We’re in the cup semi-finals and we’ve reached the round of 16 in the Champions League. That’s why I can’t understand a lot of the overdramatized things.”
… the demand to change something: “No, we don’t change anything. That would be pure activism. A first victim is claimed today and the next victim next week. Bread and circuses – that’s not my world. Unfortunately, the world seems a bit like that, which is why I sometimes opt out because I can’t do much with it.”
… the desire to win another title at the Frankfurter “Romans” to celebrate with thousands of fans: “I was with my family at the Römer (name of the Frankfurt town hall, note) at the weekend and said it would be a dream to celebrate here again this season. We have some players with us who were part of the cup win in 2018 as well as the Europa League title last season. But I also know that in a recent survey of the Römer, many would have said: ‘He’s got a tit in his head – how are they supposed to win a title if they play like that.’ But we have a certain cup gene. And such celebrations are also a bit addictive.”