“We need to return to our roots” - Adi Hütter’s first press conference of 2020
Adi Hütter says Eintracht intend to be more versatile in the new year and remains confident of guiding the Eagles out of the bottom half of the table.
Adi Hütter on…
…Eintracht’s defence: “Irrespective of the number of defenders [in our starting eleven], it’s important that we remain solid at the back. With that in mind, we managed to train together in a focused manner at our training camp. A lot of opponents have figured us out, which is why we’ll alternate between a three-man and four-man defence depending on the game in question.”
…Filip Kostic: “Even though Filip’s playing in a more advanced role, he’ll still need to track back. It won’t affect his forward runs, which in turn will enable him to build on his ability to attack from deep with pace.”
…Makoto Hasebe: “Makoto has said himself that the competition for places will change, but he’s already played in a back four and in defensive midfield. We’ll have a lot of games and I’m happy to be able to field different types of players in different positions. It’s all about Eintracht Frankfurt, at the end of the day.”
…conclusions from the first half of the campaign: “We had the opportunity in America to sit down together and analyse the first half of the season. We need to return to our roots and have shown we can do better. We need to start making the right runs again and getting results through hard work. If we do that, I’m confident of pulling clear from the bottom end of the table.”
…TSG Hoffenheim: “They’re particularly strong on the ball and spread the play from one side to the other. They also have strong players in attack. In Florian Grillitsch, they have a type of quarterback in their ranks who drops back into defence when the situation demands it.”