With so many minds of the Bundesrepublik focused on the personnel moves of the two trainers, members of the German press naturally wanted to know if the uncharacteristically weak Frankfurt performance against Gladbach had anything to do with Adi Hütter's impending departure to the foals.
Hütter and keeper Kevin Trapp were quick to refute such claims. The SGE trainer utilized an interesting choice of words in his rebuttal.
|Adi Hütter.||Photo: Werner100359, CC BY-SA 4.0|
The German Eagles by no means looked like a Champions' League team in their 0-4 defeat at Borussia Park on Saturday night. An unfocused and error-prone XI seemed to forget what they were playing for. Could it have anything to do with the fact that they weren't entirely sure who they were playing for?
"That's of course easy fodder for the critics," keeper Kevin Trapp acknowledged, "they would have predicted as much. We are on the pitch as a team and want to achieve goals."
Trapp insisted that Hütter's move had "zero" impact on the performance. The national team net-minder instead focused on his own misjudgment on Jonas Hofmann's goal in the 60th minute. Trapp noted that his colleagues weren't particularly courageous in playing forward, ultimately conceding "but then my mistake kills the game. 0-2"
Hütter obviously had to field the hard question first in his own post-match interview. The new Gladbach trainer quickly defected it and enumerated his issues with how the first three goals were conceded.
"That's a bit of a cheap way to look at it," Hütter said in response to the query as to whether his farewell announcement had any bearing on the result, "The performance simply wasn't on the level today. The first goal came off a set-piece, the second a mistake, the third another set piece. That can't happen. Let's forget it. We have the next game in three days.
Hütter's use of the word "cheap" (which one could also translate to from the German as a "cheap shot") surely made a few chuckle. At a price of €7.5 million, Gladbach's new head-coach has recently been revealed to be anything but cheap.