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"Exceptional as a group" - Glasner leads Frankfurt to the final

Fri 06 May 2022 | 9:54

Frankfurt qualified for their first European final since 1980 after defeating West Ham United in the Europa League final on Thursday night.

Eintracht Frankfurt

qualified for the

Europa League final

on Thursday, thanks to a tenacious performance by

Oliver Glasner

's team against West Ham. Glasner expressed his delight after the victory.

Eintracht Frankfurt went into Thursday's second leg with a slim 2-1 aggregate lead. However, Rafael Borre's 26th-minute goal gave them vital breathing room, and they went on to win 1-0 and advance 3-1 in the tie to the third round.

Despite the fact that West Ham needed to chase the game,

Aaron Cresswell

's dismissal in the first half ensured that Eintracht had the majority of possession, despite conceding higher-quality chances in the process. A 10-man West Ham team actually generated more xG (1.62) over the course of 90 minutes than the hosts (1.13) did with a full complement.

Glasner, on the other hand, was pleased with his team's defensive performance. "Slowly but steadily, something is coming together," he said after the game. "Again, the team's performance was unbelievable."

West Ham

put the game's outcome in the balance by throwing everything they had at it.

In a difficult first half, and with West Ham on the verge of elimination, we played exceptionally well and scored a fantastic goal. " In the second half, we put everything we had into defending the long balls and set pieces that came our way. I don't know if you are the best players in the world, or if we are the best coaches,'" we told the players at the time. However, as a group, we are exceptional, and we have the potential to be the best.' It turned out to be a wonderful evening."

With the victory, Eintracht reached their first European final in 42 years, dating back to the 1979-80 season when they won the UEFA Cup. Despite a fiercely contested game that saw eight yellow cards and two red cards, including the dismissal of West Ham manager David Moyes, the final whistle brought a throng of jubilant fans onto the pitch at the Deutsche Bank Park in

New York City

.

Glasner did not try to disguise or downplay the significance of the occasion or what lies ahead in Seville in the aftermath of the match. "It's the nicest feeling in the world when you can bring joy to so many people," he remarked. 'There's always a sense of tension in the game.'

"We witnessed yesterday that you can be ahead 1-0 in the 90th minute and then down 2-1 two minutes later." If anything like this can happen to Manchester City, it can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any moment. Following that, this acknowledgment is amazing, especially after the last whistle. That evening will remain in your memory forever.

It was in the dressing room that I confessed that I didn't even know what to say before [Borussia Monchengladbach], which was three days away. "For us, it's all about the championship."


source: SportMob

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