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Hopp or Topp: agreement on Strasbourg under pressure to win

Before the match against Strasbourg, coach Eintracht Adi Hütter said: "We need a very smart game style and a very good defense." Photo: Arne Dedert

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Eintracht Frankfurt wants in the Europa League. For this, the team of the Hessian football league against Strasbourg requires a win with two goals. The coach Hütter is waiting for a game of patience.

Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Eintracht Frankfurt also wants to eliminate the last hurdle on the way to Europe.

In the return match against the winner of the French League Cup, Racing Strasbourg, the Hessians will have to find the right mix of hurray and tactical discipline Thursday (20:30 / Nitro) to correct the draw 1-0 in the first leg of the previous week and as the year before to reach the group stage of the Europa League. "This is a dangerous result," said Eintracht coach Adi Hütter. "We need a very smart game style and a very good defense, the zero must be respected."

STAFF: New striker Bas Dost is not eligible for the playoffs. "It would have been nice if he could have helped us already," Hütter said of the striker hired Monday by Sporting Lisbon. Frankfurt hopes that striker Ante Rebic will be presented at the gala. The vice-world champion of Croatia was strongly criticized for his apathy in Strasbourg and his last missed injury in Leipzig. Midfielder Mijat Gacinovic, recently beaten, should not be an option.

PERSPECTIVE: The entry into the group stage would be interesting for the Eintracht, both sporty and economical. "For the team, and especially for young players, international matches are important for future development and there is of course a lot of money for the club," said Hütter. During the pre-season, Frankfurt had won more than 30 million euros in the triumphal procession until the semi-final.

FANS: With 47,000 spectators, the Frankfurt Arena is complete as in qualifying against Tallinn and Vaduz football dwarfs. At that time, they were 48,000. Because the Strasbourg guests have completely exhausted their contingent of 2600 tickets, a block of 1,000 seats must serve as a buffer zone and remain empty.

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