Head coach Adi Hütter and midfielder Sebastian Rode are expecting RC Strasbourg to sit deep on Thursday but believe Eintracht are well equipped to break down their opponents.

Adi Hütter on…

…personnel: “Ante Rebic took part in light training yesterday. We’ll increase the intensity today. If he’s fit he’s an option for tomorrow. Mijat Gacinovic was unable to train - we’ll have a look at him today and make a decision. Every player on the pitch has my complete confidence.”

…his expectations ahead of the game: “Our opponents have quality and pace, particularly in transition after winning the ball. We need to play an intelligent game, counter-press when we lose the ball and, if that fails, drop deep. Strasbourg also pose a threat from set-pieces. The first-leg result is dangerous, even if we score two goals. We need to be organised and find a way through in the final third, even if the opponents are sitting deep.”

…the importance of the play-offs: “Reaching the group stage twice in a row shouldn’t be taken for granted, but it’s one of the club’s main objectives. We also want to qualify for our fans.”

Sebastian Rode on…

...Eintracht’s tricky position: “It doesn’t matter who scores the goals. We need to score at least two and preferably keep a clean sheet, then we’ll be in the group stage. We need a very good performance. We’re looking forward to it and want to win together.”

…his personal fitness: “On the whole I feel very good. I got through the first couple of games and only picked up a tiny wound near my eye. There’s nothing seriously wrong with my thigh and I’m available for tomorrow. I’m happy to have one more day to rest, but I’ll be back at 100 per cent tomorrow.”


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