“The perfect scenario”

Oliver Glasner and Sebastian Rode are full of confidence ahead of Tuesday’s meeting with Spurs – despite Mario Götze’s absence.

At the press conference ahead of the UEFA Champions League clash with Tottenham, captain Sebastian Rode and head coach Oliver Glasner touched upon…

…injury news: 

Oliver Glasner: “Mario Götze is out – he’s in too much pain with his ankle – but Kristijan Jakic will be involved again. He made a good impression in training. His absence is a shame, but the quality of the players available makes me confident they’ll be able to compensate.” 

…opponents Tottenham:

Oliver Glasner: “We’ll play to win. We’ve prepared well for Tottenham and their style of play. We showed the players longer video clips of how Tottenham operate and how we want to keep them at bay. That made up the majority of our preparation – we spent little time on the training pitch. We’re very happy going into our third Champions League game.”

Sebastian Rode: “Tottenham are a strong team with excellent individual players. We have to keep their attack under control. The coach has shown us how we’re meant to do that. Generally speaking, we’ve played against teams like this many times and know what to do. We just have to put everything into practice at a higher level.”

The excitement is huge. Cool opponents, a 9pm kick-off this time, properly floodlit. I agree with the coach – we want to win!

Sebastian Rode

…their emotions:

Oliver Glasner: “The atmosphere here is always terrific, including for our last game against Union Berlin. I’m hoping for a football festival. The weather should be good and both teams are in good shape. With the home and away games taking place in the same week, a sell-out crowd and both teams being on the same number of points in the group, it’s a perfect scenario.”

Sebastian Rode: “The excitement is huge. Cool opponents, a 9pm kick-off this time, properly floodlit. I agree with the coach – we want to win!”

…Eintracht’s approach:

Oliver Glasner: “The team’s efforts in recent weeks fill me with confidence. The players have already shown on a number of occasions that they’re capable of going above and beyond. We’ll need to perform at the highest level, but the lads have my full confidence because they’ve done that time and time again. Tottenham play in a clear 3-4-3 formation. I prefer to play 4-3-3 against that system, but there are a number of options.”