As a spectator in a box, coach Glasner experiences the first Frankfurt league victory in almost three months. The Austrian thinks unity is in a tunnel – with a clear goal of Europe.
Oliver Glasner returned to the cabin area a happy man. When the Austrian served his suspension in a VIP box together with his wife Bettina, Eintracht Frankfurt’s series of defeats in the Bundesliga was over.
“Now I don’t have to answer any more questions about the winless series. We’re happy that we shot it. We’re in the tunnel. We’re inside and can see the goal at the back, which is called Europe,” said Glasner after the clear 3rd place :0 against FSV Mainz 05.
Sending off, angry speech, separation at the end of the season: After all the turbulence, Glasner was just relieved to be able to write positive sporting headlines again in front of 50,000 spectators. “We’ve overtaken Mainz once. Now it’s time to keep our focus up until June 3rd,” said the 48-year-old. Then the cup final against RB Leipzig will take place in Berlin.
While his team is cautiously heading towards international places thanks to goals from Daichi Kamada (19th minute / penalty kick), Aurélio Buta (40th) and Randal Kolo Muani (59th), the successor question is still complete according to Sport Director Markus Krösche open. “We didn’t deal with that at all. We had so many things this week that we had to set the course for Eintracht Frankfurt. That’s not an issue for us at the moment,” said Krösche on Sky.
Cup victory farewell as a goal
Glasner would like to say goodbye with the cup victory if possible. “We want to give him the crowning glory. He absolutely deserves it,” said captain Sebastian Rode about Glasner, who only wants to speak about his own future again after the end of the season.
Instead of the boss, his assistant Michael Angerschmid stood on the sidelines on Saturday. It was precisely in this situation that ten Bundesliga games ended without a win for the Hessians. “It was a great performance. Congratulations to the players on how they handled the whole situation. We’re really happy,” said Glasner, who also explicitly congratulated Angerschmid’s coaching team. The head coach then spoke to the media himself again, after the decision had been announced he seemed much more relaxed than in the past few weeks.
Buta’s goal, reminiscent of Dutchman Marco van Basten at the 1988 European Championship, was particularly impressive. “It was the first time I scored a goal like that. You remember great players who scored goals like that,” said Buta, who made it 2-0 from an extremely tight angle – and thus made the preliminary decision . Glasner said of the spectacular goal: “Like everyone, I thought it was great.”
The past few weeks have not been great for Mainz 05. After three defeats in Wolfsburg (0:3), against Schalke (2:3) and now in Frankfurt, Europe should no longer be a big issue. “It looks like the team couldn’t handle the pressure well. You had the feeling that your head was a bit empty,” said sporting director Martin Schmidt. Head coach Bo Svensson admitted: “Eintracht were better in every respect. We also have to accept that we are not where we were in terms of mental and physical fitness.”
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