Champions League: Eintracht almost at their best against Sporting Lisbon

With the exception of the injured captain Sebastian Rode, Eintracht Frankfurt can play the first Champions League game in the club's history with the best players.

Champions League: Eintracht almost at their best against Sporting Lisbon

With the exception of the injured captain Sebastian Rode, Eintracht Frankfurt can play the first Champions League game in the club's history with the best players.

For the home game against Sporting Lisbon on September 7 (6:45 p.m. / DAZN), there are no further failures, said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. "All the other players are fit and in good shape," said the 48-year-old football coach.

Rode reacted with great regret to his injury-related failure in the premier class premiere of Eintracht Frankfurt against Sporting Lisbon. "To miss the first Champions League game is extremely annoying and bitter. My heart is bleeding. I would have liked to have led the team onto the field," said the 31-year-old on Hit Radio FFH.

Rode sees his failure as a good omen

Rode sustained a muscle injury in his thigh during the 4-0 win of the Hessian Bundesliga team against RB Leipzig last matchday and missed the duel with the Portuguese as a result. The midfielder also sees this as a positive omen. "Last season I missed the first two Europa League games. We all know what came of it," said Rode, alluding to Hessen's triumph in this competition.

In terms of personnel, Glasner can draw on unlimited resources in the duel with the Portuguese runners-up. There will be no major changes in the starting eleven compared to the convincing 4-0 win in the Bundesliga against RB Leipzig last Saturday. "I will certainly not bring six new players," said the Austrian. Eric Ebimbe, on loan from Paris Saint-Germain, will probably be used for Rode from the start. "The probability is very high," said Glasner.

The expected lineups:

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp - Jakic, Tuta, Ndicka, Lenz - Ebimbe, Sow - Lindstrøm, Götze, Kamada - Kolo Muani

Sporting Lisbon: Adán - Reis, Coates, St Juste - Porro, Ugarte, Morita, Santos - Trincao, Edwards, Gonçalves

Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (Israel)

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