Lessons from a friendly against AS Monaco

Dhe August 1st is to become the new fixed point in the game calendar of Eintracht Frankfurt. The cheerful striker Gonçalo Paciência made this suggestion last Saturday after the 1-1 draw in the friendly against AS Monaco. Before the meeting, he “already said that I always meet on my birthday,” said the 26-year-old Portuguese with a grin. “So it is clear that we will have to play all season games on my birthday in the future.”


The habit came on 58 th minute after the attacker’s luck. Paciência skillfully tricked his opponent Jean Marcelin before the Eintracht professional scored 1-0 with a tight and targeted shot in the World Cup arena. “The movement before my goal went well, but in the end I don’t care whether my goal is particularly nice or not.” One annoyance for his team, however, was Anthony Musaba’s unnecessary 1-1 equalizer (85th minute). On the one hand, the defenseless Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka had a faux pas with his back pass, which was too short. In addition, the team of coach Niko Kovac had hardly had any chance of scoring before, the equalization required the active help of the opponent. At Eintracht, Daichi Kamada awarded the 2-0 with a shot to the inner post (79th).

Too little speed and intensity

For head coach Adi Hütter, the test was “satisfactory” three days after the Frankfurt training started. “Overall, there were a few good things and a few not so good things,” he said. The bottom line was that the second half – during the break, Hütter switched to goalkeeper Kevin Trapp at temperatures of over 30 degrees, which lasted 90 minutes – was the more handsome half. “We played well from behind, stayed calm on the ball and attacked well at the same time, so we had some important ball conquests” – in short: “In the second section in particular, we solved it really well in terms of football,” said a delighted man Cattle. He did not speak it out in his analysis, but before the half-time break, his team’s game had too little speed and intensity. The Hessians came to goals from striker Bas Dost (12th and 16th), Aymen Barkok (39th) and Stefan Ilsanker (45th). “From my point of view, the result is not quite right because we were actually the better team for the 90 minutes,” said the coach.

Mijat Gacinovic and Lucas Torró had no match on Saturday. They were released from harmony for the private game because both were “in negotiations with other clubs”. Gacinovic, the cup hero of 2018 with his sprint to the third Frankfurt goal at 3-1, is apparently about to switch to TSG Hoffenheim. In Frankfurt, the Serb has now reached the limits of his ability to develop. In return, Swiss international Steven Zuber is to join Eintracht from Hoffenheim.

The 28-year-old can be used offensively and defensively on the left side and thus fulfills the requirement profile of Hütter. Spaniard Torró’s goal is also practically clear: he wants to return to CA Osasuna in his home country, and the midfielder was on the ball for the Pamplona club in the 2017/2018 season Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger has moved. Of the returnees to Frankfurt, only Barkok – he was loaned to Fortuna Düsseldorf – was in the starting eleven on Saturday. Brazilian defender Tuta, who gained experience at KV Kortrijk in Belgium, followed in the second 45 minutes.

Well prepared for Basel

Tuta had “once had a positional error in it,” Hütter judged. “Otherwise, he was very resolute in the duel and biting and aggressive against the man. He closed his side very well. ”There was also praise and criticism from the coach for the offensive player Barkok. “He had one or two ball losses, so he was still lacking in tension. But you still saw that Aymen is brave and likes to try things. ”His shot from a distance met with goodwill from Hütter. Ragnar Ache from Sparta Rotterdam, who is the only new signing so far, formed a well-functioning striker duo with Paciência in the second half. The most striking thing was the willingness of the native of Frankfurt, who only took back when the goal was closed. “Ragnar was on the road a lot and started the opponents well.” Huetter’s conclusion was therefore: “Overall, he did well.”

The Frankfurt team have to perform excellently this Thursday (9:00 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Europa League and at DAZN) offer in Basel, where they have to make up 0: 3 from the first knockout round in the Europa League. Given the overall circumstances, the challenge could hardly be any greater. The fact that Eintracht against Monaco, who had been training for two or three weeks longer, “held up so well”, “speaks for us and underlines that we are all fit and in good shape,” said winger Timothy Chandler.

“During the break we worked individually so that we are well prepared for Basel.” Kovac also believes his former club has a lot to do in the first competitive game after the four-week vacation period. “It has been noticed that Eintracht is well-established and has already developed automatisms under Adi for a few years,” said the Frankfurt club member for life. “With a view to the game in Basel, I see Eintracht well positioned.”

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