Eintracht Frankfurt Fußball AG

09/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2019 08:41

“We need to believe in our strengths”

Eintracht head coach Adi Hütter and captain David Abraham are in confident mood ahead of their UEFA Europa League group-stage opener against Arsenal on Thursday evening.

Adi Hütter on…

…opponents Arsenal: 'I saw their game against Watford [on Sunday]. After going 2-0 up they were lucky not to lose. They try to play out from the back, their philosophy is clear to see. I expect them to adopt the same approach tomorrow. We need a clear plan to deal with that. We have the solutions and means to do so.'

…personnel: 'Sebastian Rode's chances of playing are very slim. He suffered a knock to his injured knee in training. Everything's still in place, but he's in a lot of pain. We were lucky, under the circumstances. Filip Kostic is doing very well and I expect him to feature in the starting line-up. Mijat Gacinovic will probably return to training on Monday.'

…the Eagles' state of mind: 'Everyone's feeling the tension, which is important as it automatically increases concentration levels. We're expecting an unbelievable atmosphere, and in return we want to produce a good performance. It's ultimately all about the result - we want to start our campaign with a win. We need to cancel out our opponents and believe in our strengths. It's going to be a great game.'

David Abraham on…

…changing circumstances: 'We were an unknown quantity last season and went on to have a fantastic Europa League campaign, which earned us acclaim throughout Europe and across the globe. Our opponents have picked up on our style of play and they obviously respect us even more. Our approach caused a great deal of excitement.'
…Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 'I'm not the only one to have played against him several times - so have Makoto Hasebe and Martin Hinteregger, among others. We're aware of his qualities. Aubameyang is fast, his movement is good between the lines and he likes to run in behind the defence. He's also a threat in the penalty area, though. We need to help each other, just like we always have. It shows in our results against big teams last season.'