Eintracht Frankfurt – VfL Wolfsburg: Frankfurt Win Thrilling Shootout In A Game For The Ages (4-3)
A match between two aggressive, high pressing teams helmed by two Austrian coaches can reliably be counted to produce a classic, and that is what we got from this excellent Bundesliga encounter between Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg. With both coaches making minimal adjustments, this was a match decided largely by player quality, as well as a healthy dose of mistakes on both sides.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
With Champions League qualification forming one of the three big battles in the Bundesliga (aside from the title race and the relegation fight), the match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Wolfsburg was one of great importance. Both sides have already outperformed pre-season expectations but the aim is to end the campaign on a high by securing entry into Europe’s biggest club competition. The tie had not only the fates of the two competitors but also that of Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach riding on it. Against this backdrop, the clash promised to be exciting regardless of the outcome, and the seriousness of the managers was borne out in the starting line-ups.
Frankfurt used their familiar 3-4-1-2 shape, with Obite N’Dicka, Stefan Ilsanker and Tuta shielding Kevin Trapp in goal. The double consisted of Sebastian Rode and Djibril Sow, with Filip Kostić and Erik Durm as the wing-backs. Daichi Kamada operated in the attacking midfield role, behind the strike pair of André Silva and Luka Jović.
Like Adi Hütter, Glasner has installed a formation in the side that he does not . . .