Germany: Bundesliga
3 - 0
(3 - 0)
S. Guirassy (11), D. Undav (17), J. Leweling (37)
By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Koch self-critical after loss, Trapp confident of home victory next week

Eintracht Frankfurt and German national team defender Robin Koch was certainly prepared to shoulder his fair share of responsibility following Saturday night's 0-3 loss to Stuttgart.

The 27-year-old lost his nerve somewhat when asked about head-coach Dino Toppmöller's tactical game-plan. SGE keeper Kevin Trapp was also in a dour mood, but did sound more upbeat than last week.

A 0-3 loss to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday evening seemed to confirm some of the worst fears expressed by Eintracht Frankfurt had-coach Dino Toppmöller and squad captain Kevin Trapp after the team failed to take more than one point off of Bremen last week. The Hessen-club's hopes for European football threaten to evaporate before their very eyes as more consistent sides such as Augsburg edge closer to the second UEL slot. Trapp once again conducted a pessimistic post-match interview.

"We knew that Stuttgart were in high spirits and that we had to be ready. We weren't," Trapp told the Sky microphones afterwards, "The first two goals were far too cheap. The way we conceded the goals was unnecessary."

SGE trainer Dino Toppmöller expressed annoyance at his team's failure to implement the match-plan. Defender Robin Koch - adversely involved in both of Stuttgart's first two goals - went into the specifics of he allowed Deniz Undav to double the advantage, somewhat aggressively brushing off a question about Toppmöller's tactics based on the fact that he and the rest of the team simply didn't approach the match with the requisite bite. 

"We weren't present in the duels," Koch said, "We made mistakes. We don't need to even begin delve into the tactics, because we weren't aggressive enough." 

Despite the disappointing result, Trapp dd try to put a positive spin on things. The SGE keeper called the public perception of his team "strange" and highlighted the strong backing of the Eintracht traveling supporters. In Trapp's opinion, it is such support that shall help the RheinMain Adler secure a home victory next weekend a critical match against fellow UEL aspirants Augsburg. 

"The [public's view] of our team is oddly bad," Trapp said, "That's semi-justifiable as we sometimes haven't gotten the results we hoped for. We nevertheless remain in sixth and must have done a lot of things right in order to occupy that place in the table." 

"What one saw in the visitor's block isn't irrelevant," Trapp continued, "They were celebrating as if we had won the game. We now have to make sure that it will be very difficult for the opposition to play in our stadium."

Euro 2024

Match days

Long reads

Exclusive interviews

Team News