The proud European Cup experts stood for a few minutes in front of the highly satisfied fans and allowed themselves to celebrate. During the raucous match “Eintracht-Frankfurt-Walzer” you could sense that the giant obstacle FC Barcelona had already been removed from the road. Indeed, the 1-1 draw against the World Club was an evening that people in Frankfurt will love for a long time to come. In the quarter-final duel with the Spanish national team, it was only the first step.
“We brought them to the brink of defeat so we remain very humble. We are very happy with the performance. We are going to Barcelona and we are convinced that we can win there,” said Oliver Glasner after the draw.
Austrian Glasner felt no anger or frustration just before midnight, although his team had better chances and fought Barcelona at eye level.
“Today’s problem, then lose ground under your feet. It is important to always remain humble,” said Glasner, who saw his tactical instructions carried out almost completely in front of 48,000 spectators on an unforgettable football evening. The star cluster around Pedri and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did not develop in a jungle The city of Frankfurt is still doing well with the lottery.
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Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said: “We have to criticize ourselves. We did not play well but got a good result. You can lose, but we drew. In the end we can be satisfied with the result.” The former world footballer bets everything on a factor. Camp Nou, where the return leg will be played next Thursday (9 pm) in front of more than 90,000 spectators.
Then Eintracht fans want to participate again. Officially, Hesian is only entitled to a set of about 5,000 tickets, but Eintracht is not much interested in the madness of the European League and after two difficult years of interruption related to the pandemic.
35,000 Eintracht fans want to travel to Barcelona for the return match
“We have 35,000 ticket requests for Barcelona,” spokesman Axel Hellmann said before the first leg on RTL. A good starting position should increase Frankfurt’s desire to travel. However, trip planning is always complicated because flights have been packed since shortly after check out.
Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who parried Torres’ powerful shot after just three minutes, saw the team play a “great game”, but was not happy just after the final whistle. “In the end it’s a little crazy because we left the field with a 1-1 draw against Barcelona and felt we could have done better,” the international said. You have “created a center where everything is possible”. (dpa)