With memories of the 1960 European Cup semi-final, Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers Glasgow meet on Wednesday, May 18 in the European League final, hosted by the Ramon Sanchez Piz Juan stadium in the Spanish city of Seville, where the Scottish team has the opportunity to achieve its first European title in more than 50 years. On the other hand, the German team seeks to end its wonderful continental campaign in the best possible way.
Rangers, coached by Dutchman Giovanni van Bronckhorst, will play the match after losing the Scottish League title, and one of their best players, Colombian Alfredo Morelos, will be absent due to injury.
For his part, Eintracht plays the first European final since 1980, when he won the European Cup Winners’ Cup (the previous name of the tournament), and since then, many things have changed for the German club; He was relegated from the local championship for the first time in 1996, and was subjected to relegation and rise between the first and second divisions of the Bundesliga.
Eintracht Frankfurt coach: Maybe the players don’t need any advice from me
Austrian Oliver Glasner, coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, indicated on Tuesday (17 May) that his players might not need anything from him in these hours leading up to the podium; Because of their “great enthusiasm”.
“I see the players are calm and in good shape in training, and there is a state of focus from everyone,” the coach of the German representative said during the press conference held on the night of the match.
The 47-year-old also highlighted that for his players: “All the matches in the tournament have become a very big thing for them in the last two months,” and that he is “very proud” of his players after reaching the final.
And on comparing his rival for the title, the Scottish Rangers, with the competitors his team faced before, such as Barcelona, Spain and West Ham United, England, he said: “It is not currently possible to make such calculations, because the two teams that reached the final, of course, deserve this.”
He continued, “We analyzed the performance of Rangers, they play with a mixture of Barcelona and West Ham. We have to give a great performance tomorrow. We are ready for the match, everyone is in good shape, and we will play with great enthusiasm because all of Europe wants to watch this match.”
Rangers coach: Proud of the players and their leadership towards this achievement
Rangers coach Giovanni van Bronckhorst said on the eve of facing Eintracht in the European League final in Seville that he was “proud” of his players and “leading them to this title”.
The former left-back for Barcelona between 2003 and 2007 said during a press conference from the “Ramon Sanchez Pez Juan” stadium before training on the field that there is a “very good atmosphere and a desire to win the final” in the team.
Gio added that his players got used to the hot weather in the Andalusian city after they conducted a “light exercise” this morning, noting that they will train again on Wednesday, and he explained: “By nine o’clock in the evening, when the match begins, the weather will not be hot.”
The 47-year-old admitted the importance of winning the match, saying: “You can’t enjoy the finals if you don’t win it.” Therefore, he is competing with his players in the final with a “desire to win,” noting that the Jamaican team’s striker Kimar Rove, who was injured, “is ready.”
He concluded his speech about his Jamaican player by saying: “He trained individually and trained with the team today. He is a very important player and he is happy to be back.” A great goal against Leipzig. He has great energy, and this meeting is a huge opportunity for him.”
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