Preview: Eintracht Frankfurt – FC Bayern Munich
Over the past few visits the home team gave them quite a hard time. But that is not the reason why our interview partner Marvin, Eintracht supporter, is looking forward to the game. Eintracht Frankfurt is in very good shape this season so far.
Hello Marvin, please introduce yourself to our audience and tell us what makes Eintracht Frankfurt so special for you?
Hi, my name is Marvin you can find me on twitter at @marv2punkt0. I am an Eintracht supporter way too long considering all the strangeness around the club.
In 1995 I started to visit matches regularly in the Waldstadion where I experienced the greatness of Okocha, Bindewald and Caio. This may be one of the main reasons for the long-term fascination. Eintracht Frankfurt still affects me emotionally despite or maybe because of the ups and downs we went through together.
Last season you just escaped relegation. Today your team already managed to gain 10 points by beating Schalke and Leverkusen. Are there some major changes or is it too early to judge at this point?
For me it is too early but we may be on the right track. The team has much more potential than everybody expected especially if they reach their top-level performance in combination with maximum effort, which Nico Kovac is demanding for.
Always aggressive and always close in one on one matchups that is how you pressure your opponent. As a result they get nervous and that creates opportunities for our team. I may add that we played Leverkusen and Schalke when they had not reached their top level thanks to the schedule.
What are the short-term and long-term targets of Eintracht Frankfurt?
Right now we should be concentrating to avoid relegation without any drama like last season. After the big change from Bruchhagen to Bobic it is necessary to develop a new long-term strategy for the club. But there are some hints like all the loan players we acquired before the season that there may be some changes regarding the approach. It seems that loaning high-level players with some potential might be better than signing players who more or less match the current level of the team. In addition to that they want to fill up the gaps of the loans with your own talents after the loan ends. But if I am honest this might be a bit too optimistic and is more wishful thinking than reality.
In the long run we must not lose the connection. All the tradition around the club is more or less worthless, if you cannot deliver results. We have to pay attention that clubs like Hoffenheim or Leipzig overtake us completely so that the focus should lie on economic factors. Regarding the sport I want the team to return to the European stage to strengthen the brand Eintracht Frankfurt in general. But the first step is and will be staying in the Bundesliga this season.
There are rumours that Mainz 05 is some kind of role model for the executives. They are able to present attractive football to their fans even by generating money on the transfer market as well. Not everyone sees the tag “Ausbildungsverein” (club that develops players to sell them) as positive because of the self-understanding around the club. But from my point of view this is the goal the executives want to archive in the near future.
Name some strengths of Nico Kovac – what do you think about him?
He and his attitude delight me. I was quite a risk to sign a coach with no experience what so ever to fight against relegation. Right at the beginning you could recognize a difference between him and former coach Armin Veh. He emphasizes discipline and fighting-spirit, which all the players have internalized at this point. My first concern that he may only work as a short-term motivator may be unfounded. Moreover his humbleness makes him very likeable for fans and journalists as well. That is also a big difference compared to Armin Veh.
Up to the 6th match day Eintracht Frankfurt had the highest defensive line just behind Bayern Munich this season. Is high defending up the field an option for the game on Saturday?
I am not sure if Nico Kovac wants to take that risk. The first few games showed that pressuring highly might be an option to irritate the opponent. For me it is the preferable option due to the fact that defending deep vs. Bayern will not get you any result whatsoever. Our full-backs need to have a good day especially Oczipka who was out of form previously.
Do you see any weak points in Bayern’s squad, Frankfurt may be able to exploit?
The first euphoria after the arrival of Ancelotti is gone and the draw against Cologne may be annoying but I really do not see any weaknesses we could profit from. Our only chance will be playing aggressive and with a lot of passion. Maybe Rafinha will play as a right fullback, who is the only player I am not convinced by to the fullest.
The last six matches in Frankfurt Bayern only managed to achieve three wins by drawing two times and losing one time as well. Two of the wins were by only one goal. Maybe that’s some kind of hope for Saturday. What is your prediction for the game?
In the past few years I was quite pessimistic but right now I go with the positive flow. I think a 1-1 is very optimistic but not impossible. We have to make the most of our chances. For me it is sad that a part of the fan area will be closed due to some events at the game in Magdeburg. The support of 2,000 fans will be heavily missed.
If you could choose one Bayern player for your team – who would it be and why?
There is no doubt – I would go for David Alaba even though he has not reached his form this season. He is one of the best in the world. He is so versatile that he could close all our week spots ideally.