11.01.2021
DFB Cup

“The competition suits Frankfurt”

Adi Hütter talked up his side’s chances ahead of Tuesday’s cup tie, but is also aware of Bayer Leverkusen’s qualities.

Adi Hütter on...

...the situation ahead of Tuesday: “It’s a one-off match in which both teams want to go through. The competition suits Frankfurt. We've always performed very poorly at Leverkusen in the league in recent years. We want to put an end to that. The boys need to put in a similar performance away to Leverkusen as they did recently at home. We have to be brave, impose our game but at the same time halt Leverkusen. It's about the right balance. We'll give everything to go through.”

...Filip Kostic’s suspension: "We can try to replace him like-for-like, but equally we can also tweak the system and maybe surprise the opposition. We'll decide on that tomorrow."

We have to be brave, impose our game but at the same time halt Leverkusen. It's about the right balance. We'll give everything to go through.

Head coach Adi Hütter

...the attacking midfield positions: “At the end of the day, with players like Aymen Barkok it’s always about development. Part of that is learning that sometimes you’ll be on the bench, even if you’re on cloud nine. I’ve spoken with Aymen, Amin and Daichi together and told them that we have three good players for two positions and we have a lot of games, which means everyone will get plenty of playing time.”

...his man management: “In principle, competition for places is good. It always comes down to how a team takes it, which requires honest communication. I find that better than just axing guys. Such decisions aren’t easy for either party but they’re part of our job. It’s related to professionalism.”

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