Pia-Sophie Wolter is on the team Eintracht Frankfurt To the footballers who know what it feels like to participate in the DFB Cup final. When the Hessians stepped onto the pitch in the final in Cologne three years ago, the midfielder was not wearing his shirt, but that of the then victorious VfL Wolfsburg. “It's a really great experience,” says the 24-year-old, who was able to celebrate the coveted trophy five times with the Lower Saxony team. He would be “incredibly happy” to be able to enjoy this environment with the SGE, to which he is on loan until the summer.

The obstacle that must be overcome beforehand is currently the highest in our own country. Easter Sunday (3:45 p.m. on Sky and on ARD), the fourth-placed team in the Bundesliga visits leaders Bayern Munich in the semi-finals. The memories of the most recent meeting with the teacher are still fresh. In a 2-1 home defeat on March 9, coach Niko Arnautis's team put Munich in trouble with a strong performance. However, poor exploitation of opportunities thwarted the potential surprise.

“That will be the key”

The Frankfurt team was successful in the dress rehearsal for the knockout match. The Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen on Monday was decided by goals from German national team players Nicole Anyomi (50th minute) and Laura Freigang (60th), who, like his teammates Wolter, Doorsoun and Johannes, were nominated on Tuesday for the international matches against Austria and Iceland in early April, deservedly won 2-0. The mature performance had the small flaw that, despite the growing superiority, no goals were scored in the first half.

As Arnautis expected, Werder was “disciplined” and closed the spaces; Eintracht had to be patient and constantly try to find spaces. Almost 20 minutes passed before Lara Prasnikar had the first serious opportunity with a header. Arnautis' speech during the break was fruitful. However, a mistake at the end could take revenge on the dangerous Munich team, which defeated its rival Wolfsburg 4-0 at the weekend and thus secured a preliminary decision in the fight for the title.

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“We have to be very consistent in front of both areas,” coach Arnautis demanded. “That will be the key on Sunday.” Eintracht showed last time that they can do it, “but we have to put everything in and show it for 90 minutes.”

To save energy, the 43-year-old coach took his usual players off the field a little earlier than usual against Bremen. This Wednesday there is also a free day. There will be no special training for the potentially decisive penalty shootout. “It's hard to simulate,” Arnautis said. The players would have to have 120 minutes in their legs to do this. Such a high load would be counterproductive.

It was decided to focus more than ever on each game individually in the final stretch of the season. With one defeat in their remaining five league games, Eintracht could lose contact with TSG Hoffenheim, who sit one point ahead in third place in the table. This is linked to a ticket to the Champions League at the end of the season. The two premier class rivals will meet at the beginning of May.

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