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Eintracht Frankfurt – SV Werder Bremen

April 5, 2024 | 8:30 pm

Eintracht wants to thrill the fans against Bremen

Before the start of the hot weeks of the season with the home game against Werder Bremen, Dino Toppmöller made an appeal to Eintracht Frankfurt fans. “There should be support from everyone around us because everyone wants to watch international football here next season. “We must all unite,” the Eintracht coach said on Thursday.

The Frankfurt Ultras recently criticized entry and residence bans on around 90 people imposed by the German Football Federation over riots during the Champions League match in Naples. It was said that the mood in the stands could also be affected. The focus in the near future will be on the group and not on the show in the stadium.

That is why Toppmöller called his professionals for the game on Friday afternoon (8:30 p.m./DAZN). “If the support is a little less, we will try to move forward and have the spectators on our side. For us it's about letting the spark fly and exciting the crowd with a good performance,” said the 43-year-old coach, adding: “Playing at home in front of 58,000 football-mad fans always gives us a boost.”

In the duel against Bremen, tenth in the standings, Toppmöller demands a brave performance from his team from the first to the last minute. “There is always a lot of energy in our group, but we have to translate it on the field. We need a lot of activity with the ball and we have to be present,” said the Eintracht coach.

To keep all the professionals focused, you will only name your squad on match day. “Children should not be too confident and should have a certain mental acuity,” Toppmöller explained to explain this unusual measure.

The Hessians have to do without Hugo Ekitiké. The forward is out due to adductor problems. “It's not good for us that he's out, but it's not an option for the game,” Toppmöller said. The one about winter vacation French Ekitiké, on loan from big club Paris Saint-Germain, had recently played twice from the start after a long initial spell. “In recent weeks he has given an impression of physical stability and would have returned to the starting eleven,” said Toppmöller.

It is unclear how long the 21-year-old Frenchman will be out for. “I can't make a prediction. It may take a little longer, but it can also be quick. It is a sensitive area,” explained Toppmöller.

Midfielder Hugo Larsson, who was recently sidelined due to a thigh muscle strain, will return to the team. “But he is not a candidate for the starting eleven,” Toppmöller made clear.

Against Bremen he expects an open exchange of blows in which his team will have to try to accumulate phases of pressure. “We want to stress them out soon,” Toppmöller announced. This was only achieved in the second half of the 0-0 draw against Union Berlin. However, the team “came out of the game with positive feelings,” said the Eintracht coach and predicted for Friday night: “It could be an offensive spectacle in which we want to score one more goal.”