The disappointment of the last-minute defeat to Borussia Dortmund was still written in the faces of the Eintracht players several minutes after the full-time whistle last Saturday evening. Yet it wasn’t that long before the feeling of frustration gave way to confidence at Deutsche Bank Park.
“We’ve turned a lot of games around in the final seconds, this time it happened to us. It’s annoying but we have to keep working and get the points in the upcoming games,” said Timothy Chandler.
Team of two halves
Sunday afternoon’s opponents will provide the perfect test of that principle of attacking until the very last second. Augsburg appear to be the Bundesliga team that are hardest to break down in the second half, having conceded just nine goals after the restart – no side have let in fewer – although six of them did come in the final quarter of an hour.
On the other hand, no club in Germany’s top flight have shipped as many goals in the first 45 minutes as FCA with 20, including two in their latest defeat away to Hoffenheim. The Bavarians have only won from a losing position once so far this term. However, no one in Frankfurt wants to rely on the fact that they have kept a clean sheet in the past four encounters with Augsburg, because while the Eagles are becoming increasingly comfortable in themselves, only Bayer Leverkusen and Greuther Fürth have dropped as many points after being in the lead as Eintracht (12).
Kick-off: Sunday 16 January 2022, Bundesliga, Matchday 19.
Stadium: WWK Arena, Augsburg.