Glasner: Frankfurt ready to face Rangers after Barca & West Ham games

Tue 17 May 2022 | 20:13

Eintracht Frankfurt thinks that games they had against Barcelona and West Ham puts them in good stead to go against Rangers.

Oliver Glasner

has made

Eintracht Frankfurt

to lock horns with “a mixture of


and West Ham” when they face Rangers in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday.

Eintracht and


are both trying hard to finish their European trophy drought when they face each other on Wednesday.

The Germans last had such a success back in 1980 when they grabbed the UEFA Cup, whereas Rangers’ came eight years earlier when their won the European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Neither of these two clubs were expected to reach this point, as Eintracht saw off Barcelona before beating West Ham, whereas Rangers vanquished Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

However, he dismissed how important of beating these two sides by Rangers who are better than Die Adler.

"You can't do these calculations. If you win versus second and fourth in the Bundesliga then you are favourite because we were 11th in the Bundesliga? It doesn't matter. Both teams deserve to play this final,"

Glasner told reporters.

The Eintracht boss believes that their previous two matches against Barca and the Hammers will put them in a good position before their game against Rangers.

"We've analysed Rangers – they're a mixture of West Ham and Barcelona,"

he added. 

"You can see the Dutch influence [of coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst] with the passing triangles, but [they have] a British mentality.

"We have to be in top form tomorrow. We are in great shape so we will be playing with lots of enthusiasm. The whole of Europe is looking forward to this match."

Quizzed to talk about what is a “British mentality”, Glasner said:

"Rangers are a team that play lots of duels, and they are very robust in those duels.

"They have great desire to run back after losing ball, and not just the full-backs. [James] Tavernier is top scorer in Europa League, which shows he runs a lot; the defensive midfielders want to work hard there as well, they're always ready with this readiness to defend but also to go forward.

"That is combined with a very good [style of] football. They play fast with few contacts [direct], so this is how they scored their goals.

"They can cross early, against [Sporting] Braga and Leipzig they scored like this. This is the British mentality."

Sebastian Rode is a crucial player for Eintracht, with Glasner caring about his experience and leadership on the field.

"This is the highlight of my career, it's one game and it'll be gigantic tomorrow,"

he said.

"We of course in the last few weeks have seen the euphoria. If you go shopping everyone talks about [their route to the final] and that everyone wants us to win.

"We get goosebumps thinking about that. Both fans will create a crazy atmosphere."

source: SportMob

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