Head coach Adi Hütter and striker André Silva answered questions from the media ahead of Thursday’s crucial UEFA Europa League game at home to Vitória Guimaraes.

André Silva says he’s currently at “200 per cent”, but 100 will be enough for Adi Hütter as Eintracht prepare to play four times in the space of 11 days.
André Silva says he’s currently at “200 per cent”, but 100 will be enough for Adi Hütter as Eintracht prepare to play four times in the space of 11 days.

Adi Hütter on…

…Eintracht’s objectives: “We’re desperate to reach the knock-out stages and know that a victory will put us through. We always want to win every match. Other mathematical permutations are complicated and we don’t want to have to rely on that. Nevertheless, we’re prepared for all eventualities in case we need to react during the game. We have to do better than we have of late, defend well and score goals.”

…the squad: “Mijat Gacinovic and Sebastian Rode are doing well. They’ve both trained and give us added options tomorrow.”

…Vitória: “They led 2-0 in London [against Arsenal]. I’m sure they want to give as good an account of themselves as possible tomorrow. I’m expecting Guimaraes to field their strongest side. They’re a proud team and want to leave a good impression.”

…his European highlight of 2019: “If you include 2018 this is our 26th European game since I arrived in Frankfurt. I’ll always remember the first home match against Lazio. The key games against Benfica were just as emotional as the crucial return leg against Strasbourg. Beating Arsenal in London doesn’t happen every day of the week either!”

André Silva on…

…Thursday’s final group game: “I’m expecting another tough task, like the game in Guimaraes. We saw their performance against Arsenal and need to be ready for a difficult 90 minutes. We need to give it our all.”

…his fitness levels: “I’ve recovered from the Achilles tendon problems, I’m at 200 per cent now (laughs)! The basic principles of football are the same wherever you go. I’ve already played in different leagues and have always been able to adapt. I learn quickly.”

…the Eintracht strikers’ current barren run: “After the last few games we looked at what we can do better for the good of the team. It’s our job to make the right decisions in order to score goals, including making coordinated runs in front of goal.”

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