“We need a perfect game” – Key quotes from the pre-Benfica press conference
Ahead of Eintracht Frankfurt's decisive UEFA Europa League quarter-final second leg at home to Benfica on Thursday, Adi Hütter and Gelson Fernandes discuss the personnel situation, their feelings in the build-up to the game and the lessons learned from the first leg.
Adi Hütter on…
…personnel: "Martin Hinteregger will take part in training today and let us know if he's OK to play tomorrow. I think David Abraham will play and we've got another option in Simon Falette, who's done well in his past few Europa League outings. Lucas Torró has been training with the team again for several weeks now and looks good, so he'll be in the squad tomorrow. I'm happy he's back."
…Eintracht's approach: "We need a perfect game. We have to score goals, be very controlled when getting forward and also be patient. Ideally we won't give them any chances but will keep attacking well ourselves and make the right decisions at the right times. We need to be very careful when we lose possession because Benfica are incredibly quick and agile. We've show in our previous games that we can perform with quality at home. With our fans behind us, we'll do everything we can to reach the next round."
…the excitement: "I want us to enjoy it, play with passion and show our quality. We need positive emotions in the stadium tomorrow. I'm sure our fans will carry us. They've always done so up until now and I hope it's the case again tomorrow."
Gelson Fernandes on…
…the match: "We know we need to play very well. Our experiences in Lisbon help us to prepare for tomorrow’s game."
…his expectations: "It's an important match for me and for the whole club. I'm really looking forward to it because we've deserved a night like this. I'm frequently asked about the incredible atmosphere in Frankfurt. We'll get to experience it again tomorrow."