Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner wowed by Rangers in big final call
Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner has gushed over “incredibly strong” Rangers ahead of the Europa League final on Wednesday [May 18].
Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side will go head-to-head against the Bundesliga outfit who haven’t lost a single game all-tournament for the trophy in Seville.
Glasner has held back no credit for the Gers, honing in on many of their strengths whilst insisting the game will be 50-50.
He said as per Glasgow Evening Times: “Now, though, we start the countdown to the final. We won’t rotate against Mainz (Eintracht play their local rivals away in their final Bundesliga game tomorrow) because our players have to be in the rhythm.
“We want to use the Mainz game as a dress rehearsal. I haven’t called Bo (Mainz manager Svensson) and said, ‘can you please impersonate Rangers?’.
He added: “They have eliminated two Bundesliga clubs, Dortmund and Leipzig,” he said. “And their wins were fully deserved. In fact, I haven’t seen Leipzig in such big trouble as they were in the first half of the second leg game against Rangers in Glasgow.
“They are incredibly strong in one-on-one combat; they break upfront rapidly and bring the ball quickly into the penalty area. They are very flexible with their formation, switch from three chain to five chain or also use the four chain in the build-up. They have a very structured approach to the game. It’s going to be a 50-50 game. Both teams deserve to be in the final.”
The final is going to be an incredibly tough game. Glasner has praised the Light Blues so much but they can’t let that get into their head.
The fact that they haven’t lost a game and have beaten Barcelona and West Ham with ease on route to the final probably see the Germans edge it as favourites.
Not that the Bears will mind – they have laughed in the face of every team they have knocked out in the competition despite being the underdogs.
This is it. The last step to complete an amazing European journey and hopefully, the Light Blues make it over the line.
It is amazing to think that not many gave them a chance of making it out of the group and certainly nobody expected them to reach this stage whilst knocking out the teams they have.
It will be a remarkable achievement no matter what happens next week but it could be sublime if they go on to lift the trophy.