YesVery often in the last 15 years, Eintracht women have pursued Wolfsburg He drove with the only small hope of an external blow. They thought their chances would increase because the Lower Saxony star team was under a lot of pressure due to the different English weeks they had to face. While the women of Frankfurt for many years were only spectators on an international level. When SGE faces VfL this Sunday (2:00 p.m. on Magentasport and DAZN) in the great Wolfsburg Arena, the signs have changed.

It is the Hessians who have to overcome an exhausting program with five competitive matches in 15 days, the final point of which is the Bundesliga summit match. On the other hand, the “wolves”, who had already failed to qualify for the Champions League, can arrive at the match rested after only two games since the beginning of the year.

This is likely to be a factor in the game where the stakes are high for the Eintracht women. Because coach Niko Arnautis expects “another great energetic performance during the 90 minutes”, and the question will be whether the Hessians can achieve it against an opponent of the caliber of VfL. Especially since SGE Although we can currently boast a series of successes in domestic competitions, the most recent victories against weaker opponents do not directly indicate our current best form.

good job

On Thursday evening, SC Freiburg revealed in front of almost 2,000 spectators in the Brentanobad stadium some security gaps in the Eintracht defense during Frankfurt's 2-1 victory in the cup round of 16, which it is urgent to close against a much better and more unresponsive team. Wolfsburg team. The offensive game was also slow at times. “We have to be smarter, both in our own possession and in the opponent's possession,” says coach Arnautis, which also requires more efficiency in attack.

However, the Frankfurt women have recently successfully completed all tasks in the league and cup. In it Bundesliga They recently got 26 of a possible 30 points in ten games and thanks to Wolfsburg's errors they rose to three points; Last weekend the green and whites only managed a 1-1 draw in Leverkusen. It is a great achievement at this stage of the season to be able to continue facing the long-standing leading duo of Bayern and Wolfsburg.

Phalanx of the two greats

Maintaining this will be the attractive and difficult task of the next three games. After the match in Wolfsburg, this period also includes a home match against the champions Munich, crucial weeks for the SGE season. Added to this is the question of whether they will “only” be able to defend third place, which gives them the right to qualify for the Champions League again, or enter the phalanx of the big two for the first time. “We are very close to the top and we have a great chance of consolidating ourselves there,” says left back and goalscorer in the cup match Verena Hanshaw.

According to Arnautis, the coach deduces from the fact that the team currently “plays matches” in series: “We are on the path to becoming a top-level team.” The return of Sophia Kleinherne, recently absent due to illness, to central defense seems essential.

The national player, who like Nicole Anyomi has not yet extended her contract, which expires at the end of the season, is urgently needed. Her representative Jella Veit is only 18 years old and completely inexperienced at this level, as SGE aims for its first away victory in Wolfsburg in 15 years.