Huge letdown at borussia monchengladbach, big relief at eintracht frankfurt: the last-minute K.O. The bundesliga leaders missed out on the german trio’s first complete march through the group stage of the european league in ten years.
Nevertheless, there are still three bundesliga teams in the sixteen-final draw next monday, since besides frankfurt and vfl wolfsburg, who have already qualified, champions league relegated bayer leverkusen will also be playing in the competition during the winter. In the first meeting.O.-in the 15th round, renowned opponents such as ajax amsterdam, FC arsenal, manchester united, celtic glasgow, inter milan, benfica lisbon, FC porto, FC sevilla or red bull salzburg await the unseeded bundesliga trio.
Borussia, of all teams, became the only german club to fail early with a last-minute 1:2 loss to basaksehir istanbul. "We’ll pick ourselves up again," coach marco rose defiantly proclaimed ahead of the year-end spurt in the league.
After losing the DFB cup and the europe league, the league leader can now concentrate fully on the championship. Already on sunday (15.30 p.M.) the fohlen-elf wants to make up for the defeat at vfl wolfsburg against the heart club of turkish president recep tayyip erdo?To rehabilitate at least athletically.
Financially, the accident can no longer be repaired. In one fell swoop, two million euros and the chance of further additional income were lost. "It’s hard to put into words," admitted attacker patrick herrmann after the disgraceful failure in what was actually a feasible group.
Last year’s semifinalists eintracht frankfurt almost got it too. After the disappointing 2:3 against vitoria guimaraes, the hessians knew immediately who they had to thank for their progress. "We can call london and thank them for saving our asses," goalkeeper danny da costa sent a grub to group winners FC arsenal. The englishmen had turned a 0:2 score into a 2:2 at standard luttich and thus saved the eintracht from elimination.
Nevertheless, adi hutter’s enthusiasm was initially limited. "The game was not the best of eggs, we have not covered ourselves with glory. We have a difficult phase. Not everything fits, so there’s no need to beat around the bush," said the frankfurt coach.
Even if the battery of the hessen in 20. European league match this year was empty, hutter didn’t want to paint everything black. "Now we are allowed to argue about it. In a few days, when the grass has grown over it, we will be happy," he emphasized.
The only german winner of the day was vfl wolfsburg, who despite beating AS saint-etienne 1-0 could not get past group winners KAA gent. This means that the team from lower saxony also has a tough task ahead of it in the K.O.-round on 20. And 27. February 2020 before. "I take everything!" Said striker daniel ginczek. "If you want to get something, you can’t avoid the rough ones anymore either."
Against the french, the eleven, made up of former long-term injured players and permanent reserves, gave the required answer to coach oliver glasner’s criticism of the attitude and mentality of the wolfsburg squad with their committed performance. "A rough compliment to all players," the austrian said this time. "I go now with a very good feeling into the very intensive next week, because i know: we have very many good options in the squad."