Former Bayern Munich assistant coach Dino Toppmöller knows the monumental task that awaits his team as Eintracht Frankfurt prepares for a fierce Bundesliga showdown with the Bavarians.
“It’s a special game for all of us against extremely demanding opponents who have an incredible amount of quality. Maybe it’s exactly the right game for us. It’s a chance for us to show we can do better against the best team in Germany. We need to go into the game with maximum motivation and intensity. Bayern will have more of the ball, but out of possession you can achieve a lot by playing with emotion,” said Toppmöller (as captured by Eintracht Frankfurt’s website via @iMiaSanMia). “We can’t be afraid, we also want to hurt them going forward. As a general rule, it suits us if our opponents want to attack and leave us space. It will then be a matter of how we make the most of that and how we get into a flow. We want to be brave in possession, build from the back, keep our composure and then recognise the moment to attack. We can cause Bayern problems.”
This match is important for Die Adler for many reasons, but not the least of which is shaking off a loss to FC Saarbrücken in the DFB-Pokal — something Bayern Munich knows very much about.
“We want to show a clear reaction because there hasn’t been enough effort in the last two games, and we’ve been outrun and outfought by the opponents. It’s about doing the basics on the pitch for 90 minutes. Everyone can convey from the first second against Bayern that they’re up for it. That’s what it’s about, nothing else,” Toppmöller said.
One thing that will be different about Bayern Munich than when Toppmöller sat on the bench is the presence of Harry Kane.
“There’s no special plan. We all know that (Kane’s) got unbelievable quality. He’s already paved the way for Bayern to win a number of times. We can’t allow him to receive any balls in the box – that will be the key. In order to do that we’ll also need to control Leroy Sané, who sets him up a lot. The same goes for Kingsley Coman, who’s really good in one-on-one situations. We’ll need to support each other a lot,” remarked Toppmöller.
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