07/20/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/20/2019 10:23
The Eagles travel to FC Flora Tallinn in their first competitive game of the new season - just 68 days after facing record Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich in their final match of 2018/19.
Eintracht have every reason to be cautious ahead of their trip to the Baltic state. In the UEFA Europa League first qualifying round against Serbian top-flight runners-up Radnicki Nis, Flora upset the odds to win 4-2 on aggregate. Furthermore, having played 19 league matches already, the Estonian Meistriliiga leaders are in the middle of their domestic campaign, while Eintracht have only taken part in three pre-season friendlies so far.
'We've been training hard in order to be well prepared for our first game,' said Almamy Toure, part of a familiar Eagles backline that has undergone little change since the end of last season. 'It's gone quicker than usual. At the end of the day, it's up to us to work hard in the coming days and play our own game.'
They may know relatively little about their upcoming opponents but Eintracht have shown they know how to tackle this type of fixture, having beaten FK Qarabag 2-0 and 2-1 in the 2013/14 Europa League play-off round. Toure is hoping for a similar outcome on this occasion. 'We're aiming to win both games,' said the defender.
If all goes to plan and Eintracht manage to secure their place in the group stages of this year's competition, they will have played ten competitive matches before 1 September. With that in mind, let the games begin!
Kick-off: Thursday 25 July, 19:00 CEST, UEFA Europa League second qualifying round (first leg)
Venue: Lilleküla Stadium, Tallinn