With Eintracht taking on 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday in the first of two “Bundesliga finals”, Adi Hütter and his players can ill afford to dwell on Thursday’s agonising UEFA Europa League exit.

Head coach Adi Hütter says he has mixed emotions after Thursday’s penalty shootout defeat to Chelsea.
Head coach Adi Hütter says he has mixed emotions after Thursday’s penalty shootout defeat to Chelsea.

Head coach Adi Hütter on…

…Thursday evening: “I have mixed emotions – disappointment and sadness that we missed out on our dream of going to Baku, and pride at the manner of our performance and how we played with passion, heart and attitude on the European stage. We had one foot in the final, which is why it’s so tough to end up empty-handed. Our performances have attracted a lot of attention – and not just in Frankfurt.”

…personnel: “Sebastian Rode is on crutches after twisting his knee. The game not only cost us a lot of energy physically, but mentally as well. We will do everything to pick ourselves up against Mainz and to win at all costs!”

…the effects of Thursday’s game: “The way we went toe-to-toe with a world-class side like Chelsea should give us strength for Sunday. It’s particularly important to prepare mentally for Sunday’s game. I think our fans will carry us, like they did in London and at the airport earlier. We’ll have their full support in our final home game, as has been the case all season long. I will make changes. The players were pushed to their limits for 120 minutes. I will see tomorrow which of them is capable of fighting for another 90.”

…Eintracht’s upcoming opponents:
“We saw Mainz’s qualities in the corresponding game earlier in the season. Apart from against Stuttgart, they’ve lost all their away games so far in 2019. However, in [Jean-Philippe] Mateta, [Robin] Quaison and [Karim] Onisiwo they still have players who carry a goal threat, while [Jean-Paul] Boetius has a lot of assists. They are flexible, physical and strong in the tackle. We need to be ready to fight from the first minute in order to get a result.”


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