The final starting line up for Sunday is still to be decided on, but Michael Skibbe spoke about this and various other topics during today’s press conference.
Mr Skibbe, Chris did not join the team’s practice today, is he injured?
No, he was just a little tired after the last two units and cycled today. He can play on Sunday.
So all of the players are OK to play apart from Rode and Bajramovic?
Yes, they are.
How will you prepare the team for the heated atmosphere at the ‘Fritz Walter stadium’ in Kaiserslautern?
There’s a similar atmosphere in nearly all of the stadia without running tracks these days, the team is used to that. But as the cities are geographically close by and due to the huge tradition this is a special match.
Will there be changes to the starting 11 of the Stuttgart game?
It’s possible that there will be slight changes. Maybe Alexander Meier will play from the beginning. But there is no necessity for changes as the players who started away to Stuttgart did a good job. I’ll leave it open for now.
Kaiserslautern have lost four times in a row. What do you expect of them?
They will go into this game highly motivated and well prepared. It will be a tough and close game. We do want to gain points from it.
After two wins, was the international break rather inconvenient?
Not really, some of the players were able to cure minor injuries that way or work on their fitness. An international break is not always a setback but can also be stimulating as we can work selective with the players.
Possible line up EINTRACHT: Nikolov – Jung, Franz, Russ, Tzavellas – Chris, Schwegler – Ochs, Köhler – Altintop, Gekas
Possible line up KAISERSLAUTERN: Sippel – Dick, Amedick, Rodnei, Jessen – Bilek, Tiffert – Ilicevic, Kirch – Nemec, Lakic
Expected attendance is 48,500, around 4,000 Eintracht supporters will travel to Kaiserslautern.
English Live Commentary
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The last meetings in Bundesliga were in the 2005/06 season. About five years ago Eintracht won 2-1 away to FCK with Nikolov in goal and Chris, Vasoski, Meier, Amanatidis and Koehler in the starting line up (all still in the squad today).
It's the 77th Bundesliga meeting of Eintracht and Kaiserslautern, and the record is even with both earning 25 wins so far (26 draws). Amanatidis and Altintop will both meet their former club.