Football – Crazy Frankfurt Spring before the traditional final – sport

Frankfurt/Main (dpa) – On a magical football night full of unforgettable moments, Eintracht Frankfurt already looked like a European Cup winner.

Fans dressed in white stormed the stadium, the adults cried and club president Peter Fischer gave an interview among hundreds of celebrating fans, in which he described everything as “universal”. One thing was missing: the large silver chalice. Because after a 1-0 semi-final win over West Ham United, the European-obsessed Hessians only made it to the final. The highlight is now set to come in the traditional Dream Final on May 18 (9pm) in Seville – against Glasgow Rangers.

Fisher: ‘Now we want to have the thing, too’

“Anyone who was able to be there will never forget that for the rest of their life,” head coach Oliver Glasner said of the incredible moments. At first it was the massive Pyro and confetti show, then a non-stop 90-minute party and finally the white crowd of Eintracht fans who stormed the field and couldn’t believe their luck: there were surreal scenes fit for the crazy football spring in Frankfurt. And who can now win a European title as well as qualify for the first European Champions League.

The Eintracht pros around Raphael Boerre’s winning goal tried to make sense of the incomprehensible while running through the sun-soaked Frankfurt city forest on Friday. The mood seemed a little calmer than it had been the night before. “After a big recovery, there’s a dip today. We’re back to everyday life. Of course it’s a great evening, but it’s over again,” Glasner put it into perspective.

Then the focus will quickly shift to Seville, where the next match of the century will begin in less than two weeks at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. “Tradition plays against tradition – and now we want to have the thing too,” said Chief Fisher. It will be Eintracht’s third final in Europe after 1960 and 1980.

Trapp: “It’s something very special.”

“Greetings and congratulations. I’m very proud of us. We go to the final unbeaten, so we deserve it,” Glasner said. On the way to Andalusia, Hessen left clubs like Fenerbahce and Betis behind and then defeated the great Barcelona team at his own stadium. The party in front of nearly 30,000 fans at the Camp Nou and photos from Thursday night will find their way into the club’s records. The euphoria against West Ham was compounded when the stadium announcer announced that the final was against Rangers and not against RB Leipzig.

Seasoned professionals such as Kevin Trapp and Sebastian Rudd were deeply moved after the evening, which they rightly described as “historic” in Frankfurt. “So far it has been the best match and the best day of my career,” Trapp said. “This is something very special.” Frankfurt fans celebrated late into the night around the stadium and in the city. Many of them will now book complicated and overpriced trips to Seville. And they will not care at all – faced with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

‘Rangers is a totally traditional club’

“Amazing. The dream is finally coming true. This city and the surrounding area deserve it,” said Fischer, who embodies the club’s unparalleled love for Europe. The president, who drank Barcelona’s canned beer in Plaça Catalunya and is now lost in the hidden object of crowding the crowd at the all-sold-out stadium with 48,000 people, ensures that new and unforgettable images are presented in Seville. Under the slogan “With Jürgen. Jürgen”, the Hessians also want to win the Cup for club legend Jürgen Grabowski, who died this year.

Having started as an outsider in duels with Barcelona and West Ham, Glasner’s team will be the favorite against the traditional Scottish club. Glasgow predicted that “Glasgow maxes out Dortmund and RB Leipzig, who are two leading teams. We know what’s coming. Rangers is a very traditional club. It will be a great evening for all European football.” Martin Hinterger, who ended the season early with a thigh injury, will not be on the field.

“We want to be the winners of the European League”

For Eintracht, the final will be an all-or-nothing game, and the balance sheet for an entire season will be set in 90 minutes or a maximum of 120 minutes plus some optional penalties. European Cup winner or not? Champions League for the first time or a year without Europe? Views of Philip Kostik & Co or the threat to sell out the international champions who have been promoting themselves on the big stage?

Having nothing to lose, especially in Barcelona, ​​the height of the fall is now huge. “We want to win the Europa League, that’s our goal,” said Marcus Croce. “The fact that the next step is the Champions League is of course a milestone.” Both the sporting director (from RB Leipzig) and coach Glasner (from Wolfsburg) both came from pre-season Champions League clubs. Now only one win separates them from the European Cup.

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