The day has come: Eintracht Frankfurt plays Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League final. In Seville, the Hessians can become living athletes legends. Everything you need to know about the final.
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 – a day that will go down in Eintracht Frankfurt’s history books one way or another. The only question is: How big a proper separation would be, and what would be the victor? From 9pm (Live on podcasts from hr-iNFO and Hessenschau.de) Hess will meet Glasgow Rangers in the Europa League final. In Seville, Eintracht had the chance to win an international title for the first time in 42 years. Here we have summarized everything you need to know before the match begins.
Sway, buzz, buzz: Since the World Cup nearly two weeks ago, there has been no other topic in and around Frankfurt than this final. The team, the coaching staff, the management staff and especially the fans: everyone is electrified. The team coped well with a 1-1 win over Gladbach and 2-2 in Mainz after a somewhat disappointing season in the Bundesliga. At least in theory, Eintracht was able to switch to a very special Europa League mode with almost no problems before the final.
A look at Frankfurt’s road to the final shows the club’s ability to achieve in this competition: first in the group stage, by beating Olympiacos Piraeus, who has Champions League experience, among other things. Then, in the knockout stage, Seville’s Real Betis, West Ham United and, most importantly, the Barcelona international knocked them out of the competition in two epic matches. Twelve games without a single defeat: There is no doubt that Eintracht was right in the final.
What is the starting point of the discount? Answer: At least cheerful, if not a little more cheerful. Up to 70,000 Glasgow Rangers fans are expected in Seville on Wednesday, about 20,000 more than Hessen fans. One reason for this enthusiasm for XXL lies in the club’s recent history.
In 2012, the Scottish record champion had to be relegated to the fourth degree due to bankruptcy, followed by a miracle resurrected in record time. And this season? Did Rangers win the Europa League against Borussia Dortmund and Leipzig among others? Stay tuned for the final match that both clubs deserve.
Midfielder Jesper Lindstrom, who recently suffered a groin injury, is available for Eintracht. Whether the 22-year-old is in the starting line-up or has to sit on the bench first is something Glasner will want to decide at short notice on final match day. Without defender Martin Hinterger, he could be played by Tota or Makoto Hasebe in the center of the defense.
Eintracht can play like this:
Kemar Rov, the third top scorer for Rangers in all competitions this season, is back in fitness just in time. “He will be in the team,” coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst confirmed. Prominent striker Alfredo Morelos will certainly be absent.
This is how Glasgow could play: McGregor – Tavernier, Goldson, Pacey, Parisek – Jack, Lundstram, Camara – Wright, Aribo, Kent
This is what the coaches say
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt): “We analyzed Rangers very carefully. I see them as a mixture of West Ham and Barcelona, with influence from Holland and a British mentality. They constantly involve you in duels, they are very strong and very willing to break the ball when they lose the ball backwards. Nobody beats themselves in the way of progress either. They play. Quickly at the top, with good contact and depth. They also bring in very quick crosses and occupy the penalty area well.”
Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Glasgow Rangers): “Frankfurt had great matches against Barcelona and West Ham United. They are a well-organised team with fast and dangerous players. They deserve to be in the final. We are all really looking forward to this match. We want our fans to be proud. We have a great chance to win the European Cup for the second time and we want to win.” with this cup.
You have to watch out for these players
Choosing a single player from Hessen’s team would be completely inappropriate in the run-up to such a historic football match. As one team, Eintracht Frankfurt will be able to fulfill their dream of winning the European League and qualifying for the Champions League. Only in the group will it be possible to meet the equally cheerful Rangers.
And only if Hesian team performs again as a unit in the European Cup will they return home as living sports legends on Thursday. It cannot be ruled out that notable players such as goalkeeper Kevin Trapp or designer Philip Kostik must lead the way and will lead the way. In addition, Ivan Ndika, Tota and Co. will once again take on the task of making up for Hinterger’s absence.
There are a number of professionals in the Glasgow team to watch out for. One of the most notable is Aaron Ramsey, the 72-time Wales international on loan from Juventus since the winter. Captain James Tavernier has 35 points (18 goals / 17 assists) in all competitions and has scored seven goals in the Europa League alone.
Left winger Ryan Kent is also good in the attacking game and the goal threat for the Scots, he already has 19 assists. With Cedric Itten (Greuther Fürth) and Leon Balogun (Darmstadt 98 & Mainz 05, “For us, Eintracht is a feasible task”), two famous players from the Bundesliga are also playing for Rangers.
Eintracht and Glasgow have met only twice so far: in the 1959/60 season, they faced each other in the European Champion Clubs Cup semi-finals. HSI won the first leg in Frankfurt 6-1 and the second leg at Rangers Stadium 6-3.
An athletic feel when you consider that Glasgow’s reputation as the best British team at the time preceded it. There will be no such clear distribution of the role of favorites in 2022. Eintracht Frankfurt and their fans would surely like to have one of the two results from 1960.
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