On the eve of Eintracht’s UEFA Europa League clash away to Arsenal, Adi Hütter and Djibril Sow discussed personnel, the situation in Group F and the Eagles’ own strengths.

Adi Hütter on …

… returning to London for the first time: “Obviously the memory of losing to Chelsea [in last season’s competition] is still fresh. I took a lot of positives from that game. I’m happy that we’re playing in a big footballing city against a big team.”

… the absences of Bas Dost and Sebastian Rode:
“They’re both key players for us, but there was no point bringing them over when they’re not 100 per cent fit. We’ll have to compensate for their absences collectively.”

… the situation in the group: “We could’ve killed the game off in Liege, so now we need to pick up points. But Arsenal do too. Having said that, I still think we have a chance and I’m optimistic, even in the position we’re in. We have our strengths. We’ll fight, believe and play courageously right until the very end.”

Djibril Sow on …

… playing at Arsenal’s stadium: “Not many of our players have played here before. It’s a real highlight for us, even if our fans can’t be here. I don’t want to go home and say, ‘I’ve played there’, I want to say that ‘I’ve played there and we got a result.’ Playing here is a massive motivation.”

… potentially playing against fellow Swiss international Granit Xhaka:
“I’d be delighted to play against my compatriot. If he plays, we’ll need to make sure we neutralise him because he’s got a lot of quality.”

… the characteristics Eintracht will need:
“We’ll have to be better than we were against Wolfsburg without the ball. We need to put the opposition under pressure and be smarter both in defence and attack.”

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