They win in the style of Bavaria: Eintracht Frankfurt’s crime novels scared away the crisis

Updated on November 29th, 2021, 6:41 pm

  • Frankfurt Eintracht did not win any of their first eight competitive games of the season under the new coach Oliver Glasner.
  • The Austrian signed up from Wolfsburg was already considered a candidate for early release.
  • But since the first victory, Glasner’s team has shown a special mentality for which Bayern were once feared.

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One can force luck. In the championship year 1990/91, the then captain of 1. FC Kaiserslautern, Stefan Kuntz, answered the question about the secret behind late and decisive goals.

At that time, the people of Palatinate turned a long nose to the inventor of the supposed “dud” in the final seconds, FC Bayern Munich, and won one of their sensational championships.

30 years later, Eintracht Frankfurt develops this quality, although it is not about the fight for the title. It was about the coach’s job.

The Austrian Oliver Glasner wears a permanent smile on his face after three Bundesliga victories and a total of six unbeaten competitive games in a row.

Oliver Glasner won none of his first eight competitive games as the new coach of Eintracht Frankfurt at the beginning of the 2021/22 season. After that, the Austrian’s team lost only two of the following ten competitive games.

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No victory under Oliver Glasner in the first eight competitive games

The laughter had passed Glasner in the first few weeks of the 2021/22 season. After eight competitive games in a row without a win, the trainer brought from Wolfsburg was – at least for parts of the media – already a candidate for early dismissal. When looking at the results, the suspicion arose that Glasner was taking offense at the legacy of his successful compatriot Adi Hütter – who made a similarly modest start after moving to Gladbach.

However, Eintracht Frankfurt has left the start-up difficulties behind. The 1-0 victory in Antwerp in the Europa League was followed only three days later by the coup in the Bundesliga: Eintracht won 2-1 at Bayern.

When it again set the next setback six days later at home against Hertha BSC (1: 2) for Frankfurt, Glasner’s collar burst. He instructed journalists who believe in the system that it is not the formation in which he plays that decides, but rather the attitude and commitment of each individual player.

Since then, Glasner’s boys have turned their coach’s words into deeds. “The way we played the past games was really good. We took a step forward. The process is slowly bearing fruit,” said sports director Markus Krösche after the first home win of the season in the Bundesliga, the 2 : 1 over 1. FC Union Berlin.

And again, the last-minute specialists from Main only struck at the last moment. Evan Ndicka’s header brought the decision in the fifth minute of stoppage time. For the seventh time in the last eleven comparisons, Frankfurt’s fans trembled into the final phase.

The Frankfurt soccer thrillers of the current season at a glance:

Eintracht Frankfurt, 1. FC Union Berlin, goal, cheers, Filip Kostic, Goncalo Paciencia, Djibril Sow
Out with the joy: Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic, front, cheers the last-minute victory over 1. FC Union Berlin on the 13th Bundesliga matchday. Evan Ndicka’s header hit the late decision.

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The discussions around the club about the Glasner who came from Wolfsburg in the summer have now fallen silent. For the Austrian, this makes work much more pleasant. “In football you sometimes go through all the emotions from marriage to divorce and new marriage. Now we have a great phase again, which is of course very nice,” said Glasner.

Krösche, who had always supported the Eintracht coach, felt the same way. “I know that there is a bit of a headwind in football if the results are not right. But Oliver has done an outstanding job with his coaching team all the time,” said the sports director. “It was clear to me that it would take time for things to work. It’s nice that the results, in addition to the way we play, are now right.”

Oliver Glasner never lost faith in his team

Glasner had never seriously doubted it – even in the difficult start phase. “Even though it rumbled at the beginning of the season, I said from day one that I was optimistic. The guys invest a lot and are very committed to every training session. At the moment they get a lot in return,” said the Austrian .

In the meantime, the Eintracht coach has found the best system and staff to make football successful. It starts with goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who has been in top form for weeks, continues on the defensive, which largely closes the center with a three-man chain around veteran Makoto Hasebe and the two clearers Djibril Sow and Kristijan Jakic and ends in the offensive, in the wing star Filip Kostic is getting better and better. Against Union, the Serb, who actually wanted to leave Eintracht at the beginning of the season, prepared the two goals from Sow and Evan Ndicka.

The reward is 18 points in the account and the prospect of further jumps in the table. “We believed in our path even in the phase when we weren’t so successful. But of course we’re glad that the team is now better at implementing the things that the coach has given them,” said Krösche about the sporting heights. That should be continued on the 14th matchday at TSG Hoffenheim. (hau / dpa)


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