Squad, tactics, coaching changes and Eintracht’s struggles in Mainz were all on the agenda for Adi Hütter ahead of Monday’s Rhine-Main clash.

Head coach Adi Hütter looking ahead to a pulsating local derby.
Head coach Adi Hütter looking ahead to a pulsating local derby.

Adi Hütter on…

…the injured players: “Sebastian Rode and Bas Dost are training today, which means we’ll decide after tomorrow morning’s session whether one or both of them will play. Gelson Fernandes still has a knock from the game in London. Almamy Toure needs to be ready. He’s been in training for several weeks so we hope he can find his feet quickly in the match.”

…Eintracht’s lack of success away to Mainz: “Every run has to come to an end at some point, but we also know that Mainz are playing a different kind of football under Achim Beierlorzer. Everyone saw that at Hoffenheim, so we’ve thoroughly broken down that game in our analysis. We know what to expect: a quick side who play very aggressively. To end that run we’ll need to put in a very, very good performance.”

…the challenges they face: “Achim will certainly play the 4-2-2-2 system that he’s accustomed to, although he resorted to a 3-4-1-2 against Hoffenheim with Edmilson Fernandes at centre-back. We know what we’re up against: closing us down from the front, a physical challenge, good tracking back. It’ll be end-to-end stuff. We need to make sure we get in behind their defence.”

…the significance of a Monday night game: “Local derbies are always very interesting from an emotional point of view. It’s a match between two teams who play a similar style. It’s great that over 6,000 fans will be travelling with us. For me as coach, it doesn’t make a big difference whether we play on Sunday or Monday evening. We generally always do well under floodlights. The signs are all good.”