"We have to stay hungry" – Hütter's key press conference quotes
Following Eintracht Frankfurt's triumph in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday, head coach Adi Hütter swiftly turned his attentions to Sunday's Bundesliga clash with VfL Wolfsburg, discussing his team's current run and how to avoid complacency.
Adi Hütter on…
…upcoming opponents VfL Wolfsburg: "I can't predict what [Wolfsburg coach] Bruno Labbadia is planning. He might use a midfield diamond in a 4-4-2 formation, which worked in their game against Leipzig. We don't have a great record against Wolfsburg. I'm assuming they'll play with four at the back, because that's worked well recently. They don't concede many goals and are one of the best teams in the Bundesliga in terms of winning tackles and covering ground. It definitely won't be easy to get past their defence."
…Eintracht's seeming invincibility: "I can't say what our limits are. The players are enjoying their football and currently have a lot of self-confidence and also a certain degree of understanding among themselves out on the pitch. They're in tune with each other and know how we want to play, even when there are changes to the line-up. Winning ten of your last 11 games isn't something you can take for granted, so my team deserve huge credit. Right now things are as I wanted them to be right from the beginning: we're being taken very seriously and have the quality to hurt any team. But we also know we need to push ourselves to the limit every day. When we do that we're really good, but if we ease off just ten per cent then things go the other way and anyone can beat us."
...Makoto Hasebe: "I always consider giving him a rest, but when I speak to him he always wants to play. He gives our build-up play an unbelievable sense of composure and is also very solid in defence."
…his experience with unbeaten runs: "The danger is that if the coach is satisfied then the players will be too. Being satisfied means you're standing still and if you're standing still you've taken a step backwards. That's why I always try to show the players what's possible and where we can still improve when we do our analysis. It doesn't just happen by magic. You always have to stay hungry and as a coach I lead by example."