The Ruhrstadion, in which VfL Bochum will receive Frankfurt on Sunday, is not yet sold out. Coach Reis and striker Blum see these opportunities.
Coach Thomas Reis kept calm. At the press conference, a journalist asked if the VfL Bochum against Eintracht Frankfurt be the favorite on Sunday. “From the role of favorites,” said the promoted coach a few hours after Frankfurt’s strong game in the 3-1 win in the Europa League against Olympiakos Piraäus, “We are far away.”
Which does not mean that Reis does not calculate anything against Eintracht, which ranks only one point and place before Bochum after eight match days. “The victory in Fürth was important, but we can’t overpacify now,” emphasizes Reis. So: do not overturn, do not rush headlessly, not even at home. Reis: “We want to gold the victory against Fürth. To do this, however, we have to approach the task very seriously and call everything up. I am in good spirits because the training week showed that we are on the right track. “
19,300 tickets had been sold by noon on Friday
What that means at first, Reis also said: “We have to defend very well again.” It goes without saying that it depends on intensely fought and winning duels, on defensive stability and clear order Vonovia Ruhrstadion like honoring against Mainz, Hertha BSC and Stuttgart. 20,000 including the 1,000 residents of Frankfurt are admitted. As of Friday noon, the stadium is not yet completely sold out. 19,300 tickets were sold, 900 of them to the guests. 600 VfL cards were still available.
How quickly perception and mood can change was recently demonstrated at VfL Bochum (at least tense mood after the 3-0 draw against Leipzig, relaxed mood after the 1-0 win in Fürth) as well as at Eintracht. After the 1: 2 against Hertha BSC, a kind of crisis was declared. After the 3-1 win against Piraeus, this is over. For now.
Frankfurt impressed in the European Cup game against Piraeus
In any case, Reis was impressed by Hessen’s Europa League appearance: “You could see the quality of the team. They put Piraeus under constant pressure, often from the outside. In the league, however, they are still a bit behind. So far, Frankfurt has also been a kind of surprise bag. “
Frankfurt’s coach had reacted to the 1: 2 against Berlin with five changes in the starting line-up. With success. And there is not much that speaks against the fact that this team around the strong designer in the center, Daichi Kamada, the attackers Goncalo Paciencia and Rafael Borre and of course the unpredictable difference player Filip Kostic also get started in Bochum.
Then Eintracht would act again with a chain of three. A formation in which Reis also sees an opportunity for his team: “If the ball is lost, there are spaces that we have to use”.
Danny Blum sees strengths and “a lot of weaknesses” in Eintracht
Danny Blum, the ex-Frankfurt resident, sees it similarly. “If you let them play, they let the ball run very well, they play deeply,” says the 30-year-old. “But they also have a lot of weaknesses.” Piraeus had good counter-chances “played very badly”. VfL should do better, which in the previous eight games of the season has mostly not yet been achieved very often.
Maybe with Danny Blum. Whether right from the start, which is rather unlikely, or coming back from the bank as a joker like in Fürth. In any case, Blum hopes to score his first Bundesliga goal for VfL. “As an offensive player, you always have to have this attitude,” he says. If it works, he wants to leave the cheering to his VfL colleagues out of respect for his “wonderful” time in Frankfurt.
On the offensive, coach Thomas Reis has many options
While the defensive should be fixed, as reported, Reis has some possible variations on the offensive that one can only speculate about. Milos Pantovic could rotate on the bench, but also Eduard Löwen or even Sebastian Polter.
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In addition, Löwen is and remains after his first successful free-kick cross in Fürth, refined by the head of Anthony Losillas, Bochum’s standard man number one. Especially when Blum is not on the pitch. However, Reis emphasized and expressly included himself “that we shouldn’t reduce Edu too much to standards” – in order to take the pressure off him.
Ultimately, according to Reis, they want to try again at home “to play actively, to put the opponent under pressure. It is our plan to keep the three points here. “
Teams and facts: who is playing, who is missing?
VfL Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa, Lampropoulos, Masovic, Soares – Losilla – Rexhbecaj, Löwen (Pantovic) – Asano, Holtmann – Polter.
Reserve: Esser – Bella-Kotchap, Stafylidis, Osterhage, Pantovic (Löwen), Antwi-Adjei, Blum, Ganvoula (Novothny)
Several variants are conceivable, for example with a double six (Losilla / Rexhbecaj) and tens. Asano, who is also conceivable at the very front for Polter, or lions could take over this position. The defensively stronger Pantovic could also play for lions in the half-space. Danny Blum is also a starting XI alternative on the wing.
VfL is missing: Zoller (cruciate ligament tear), Bockhorn (muscle fiber tear), Tesche, Leitsch, Hartwig (all muscular problems).
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hasebe, Hinteregger – Sow, Jakic – Toure, Kostic – Kamada – Borre, Paciencia. That would be the starting line-up that convinced against Piraeus (3-1).
Alternatives: Ndicka, Rode, Durm, Hauge, Chandler, da Costa, Hrustic, Ilsanker, Lindström, Lammers. Coach Oliver Glasner could also rely on a back four with Durm and Ndicka. Captain Rode is also a candidate for the starting XI in the center.
The unity is missing: Lenz (fiber tear), Barkok (knee problems), Pecar (tendon injury)
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