dThe squad is impressive. In numerical terms, this must be taken literally, as in the summer 40 professional footballers will unite under the Eintracht umbrella. sports director Markus Kröscheon Tuesday the expected early extension of the contract for another three years until the summer of 2028 announced, went shopping in this regard. Krösche's strategy: focus primarily on young players who, after a corresponding positive development, can ideally be sold profitably.

An excellent example of this is Randal Kolo Muani, for which Eintracht received a transfer fee of 95 million euros from Paris Saint-Germain. An economic and unique success on this scale in the 125 years of history of Frankfurter Eintracht.

Krösche wants to continue on the chosen path and has excellent arguments for this. With Hugo Larsson, for example, Frankfurt has signed an exciting player. The 19-year-old Swede, who moved from Malmö FF to his first international season in Germany last summer, immediately proved to be a reinforcement. In interaction with By Mario Götze Larsson has always provided surprising and stimulating moments in the so-called position six.

Hopes for a return

Krösche's transfer from Larsson cost nine million euros. The professional from southern Sweden is currently valued at a market value of €28 million. The fact that he couldn't actively help finally win a game again was due to the tightness in his thigh muscles. Someone like Larsson would have been good for Eintracht's game when they lost against Union Berlin.

Now hopes are focused on a comeback on Friday. At night, under the lights, Eintracht sees it Werder Bremen (8:30 p.m. in FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on DAZN). The Weser men have only drawn once in the last five league games and have lost in the other cases. But that doesn't have to mean anything. Eintracht has struggled recently against supposedly weaker teams.

Larsson returns to the starting eleven. His coach has the young Swede in high regard. “Hugo has a sensitivity for spaces,” says Dino Toppmöller. Götze has it too. Frankfurter Raumdeuter, who have already shown much stronger games than in the 0-0 draw against Union, could find something in their creative box against Werder, stimulated by the possible return of Larsson.

With another draw (it would be the twelfth this season), Eintracht would not lose sixth place in the table. But since much tougher rivals await them in the final stretch of the season, the favorite Eintracht has to beat the outsider Werder.

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