With the embarrassing 3: 4 at the relegated Schalke 04, Eintracht Frankfurt also gives the last chance to get into the Champions League for the first time. The fact that Adi Hütter and Fredi Bobic now prefer to pat each other on the back for reaching the Europa League instead of practicing self-criticism after the unrest they have created fits into the picture and shows that the outgoing management duo did not understand the club and its fans. A comment.
The dream is over, the Champions League anthem will most likely not be heard in the Waldstadion next season. Eintracht Frankfurt’s prospects for the first participation in the most important competition in club football a month ago could hardly have been rosier: First, the fourth in the Bundesliga at that time increased his lead to seven points with a 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund, then he even defeated VfL Wolfsburg 4: 3.
But these big points against the direct competition for the premier class were too few, because Eintracht then fell into a deep performance hole and so carelessly threw away the historic chance of the first Champions League participation. The trigger for this that can no longer be discussed even for the team around veteran Sebastian Rode: the farewell to coach Adi “I stay” Hütter to Borussia Mönchengladbach, which was communicated from front to back with maximum unhappiness.
Sure, at the latest after the embarrassing 3: 4 bankruptcy among the long-relegated Schalke players, the players can no longer be absolved of guilt. Ambition, concentration, play culture – all that was missing from the bloodless performance on Saturday more than ever.
Nevertheless, Hütter got the ball rolling, who seemed to be saying goodbye to the Eintracht Frankfurt project on April 13th when the Gladbach-based company announced his commitment to the new season. After sports director Fredi Bobic announced his departure to Hertha BSC a day later, the team was no longer recognizable.
Adi Hütter at Eintracht Frankfurt: oil-in-fire pourer
“Beautiful, great stadium – just as beautiful as the Frankfurt stadium. The colors are changing, the club is changing,” said the Austrian immediately after the 0: 4 bankruptcy at his new employer in Mönchengladbach. One of many strange statements that caused unnecessary unrest in the already angry environment. Self-criticism? Nothing.
Hütter took it to the extreme after the 1-1 draw against Mainz 05 last weekend, when he denied any guilt and said the competition was tough and you could live with fifth place. Bobic made a similar statement after the inglorious Schalke game. “In all honesty, this is a sovereign Europa League entry,” he said.
Sure, Europa League, floodlights again and maybe beautiful choreos again, things are of course worse. But what remains is the feeling that more would have been possible. Much more. Historical.
In order to achieve this as a unit, even the fans, who were kept away due to the corona, recently intervened and diligently wrote motivating postcards to the team. The Champions League was her big dream. So whoever pats himself on the shoulder for fifth place immediately after this bitter disappointment with the loss of seven points, has not understood Eintracht Frankfurt.
That is by no means to say that Adi Hütter and Fredi Bobic have done poor work in the past few years. On the contrary. But they did not complete their mission professionally. The sometimes rigorous punching through of personal sensitivities in the middle of the hot season was for them above the well-being of Eintracht Frankfurt. And that is the impression that remains.