At some point, Oliver Glasner told enough. That's why the 48-year-old head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt says he has now reduced his speaking times himself. "Because we said: At some point I won't be able to hear myself, let alone the players," said Glasner on Friday. The Austrian didn't have much to complain about lately, the furious 5-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen and the 2-0 cup victory at the Stuttgarter Kickers were in Glasner's spirit.
A particularly hot week awaits the Europa League winner. In the Bundesliga there are only two top evening games at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday (6.30 p.m. / Sky) and next weekend against Borussia Dortmund. In between, the important test against Olympique Marseille awaits, in which the premature end in the Champions League should be prevented. "We're in good form and came off an impressive 5-1 win against Leverkusen," said Glasner. You drive to Gladbach with "a good feeling".
The head coach wants to start the week of truth with the best possible eleven and not consider any experiments towards the premier class. "These aren't friendly games to try something out. They're very important league games. We don't do that. We'll field the best possible team for every game," said Glasner. Having to replace the suspended Tuta next Wednesday, he could have tried it out in the league. But Glasner doesn't do that, the Bundesliga is too important to him.
With a win, the Hessians could jump to a place in the Champions League because Hoffenheim and Bayern take away the points in a direct duel. But the table is currently not very meaningful for Glasner. "We're not going to be blinded by fifth place. It's going really, really fast. It seems pretty balanced. It doesn't matter to me where we are," said the coach. Frankfurt showed - with the exception of the unpleasant 0:3 at the last Bochum - but recently a stable upward trend.
Opponent Gladbach estimates Glasner as a tough rival even without the injured missing Jonas Hofmann. "They are a very good team, they play very well. They have a lot of speed, Julian Weigl was added. They are a very good team," said the coach, who still has to do without Ansgar Knauff and Makoto Hasebe.
Glasner was particularly impressed by striker Marcus Thuram. "He brings size, speed and robustness with him. He was very successful in his first year. If he brings the qualities to the pitch, he's one of the best strikers in the Bundesliga." With seven goals, the Frenchman is one of the top scorers of this year's Bundesliga season. Daichi Kamada, Jesper Lindström and Randal Kolo Muani have recently shone for Frankfurt.
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