Frankfurt - Augsburg

Germany: Bundesliga
Frankfurt M. Hinteregger (37), A. Silva (58)
Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt am Main)2-0
AugsburgX A. Finnbogason (Pen. 73)

Hütter says Frankfurt must show "character and mentality", Hinteregger fit in time for Augsburg

By Peter Vice

At his Monday press conference, SGE head-coach Adi Hütter acknowledged that his team was unfocused during Saturday's 0-4 shellacking away at Gladbach. 

The new Gladbach trainer again defended his impending move to the club that delivered the blow to Eintracht Frankfurt's 2021/22 Champions' League hopes. 

Hütter called tomorrow's match against Augsburg a "crunch-time game" and also declared defensive talisman Martin Hinteregger once again an option fort the starting XI. 

Adi Hütter.
Adi Hütter.Photo: Commons/CC-by-SA 3.0

Facing insatiably curious footballing journalists again during his compulsory Monday pre-match press conference, Adi Hütter did not deny that his team's wholly uninspired performance in the weekend fixture was related to his midweek announcement that he would be switching clubs this offseason.

"During the week, the focus was perhaps not at 100 percent," he conceded, "and there was a certain disappointment among the players. In principle, however, this should be seen as a positive sign. The disappointment illustrates a very good relationship with the players and that I have done many things right over the years."

Hütter insisted that his team would show its "character and [strength of] mentality" in the upcoming fixture against Augsburg, adding, "we've always found our way back on track after setbacks."

One player Hütter confirmed to be back on track is defensive linchpin Martin Hinteregger. The 28-year-old Austrian has been missing from the SGE ranks four six rounds with thigh fascia problems. After a long six-week-layoff, the team's vital defensive cog stands ready and fit for a showdown the club must win to keep its UCL hopes alive.

"He [Hinteregger] trained normally today and is resultantly an option," Hütter noted, adding, "He's not 100 percent fit. Whether its enough for Augsburg, I cannot say. It's a race against time."

Hinteregger's countryman Stefan Ilsanker has been deputizing as the central defensive leader of the team's back-three in his absence; to consistently rave reviews one might add.

While it is not at all clear if Hütter will be prepared to take a chance at one of the positions that did not cause him serious problems on Saturday, it is clear that the team must not drop anymore points with a resurgent Borussia Dortmund lurking just beneath them in the battle for the top-four."

"If we want to stay up there, we must win," Hütter emphasized, "We want to show a reaction."

1Kevin Trapp
35Lucas Melo
13Martin Hinteregger ↩46
2Evan N'Dicka
22Timothy Chandler ↩88
8Djibril Sow ↩79
17Sebastian Rode (C)
10Filip Kostić
15Daichi Kamada ↩83
9Luka Jović ↩79
33André Silva
23Marcus Schubert
32Amin Younes ↪79
20Makoto Hasebe ↪46
25Erik Durm ↪88
30Jetro Willems
3Stefan Ilsanker ↪79
7Ajdin Hrustic
11Steven Zuber
27Aymen Barkok ↪83
1Rafał Gikiewicz
2Robert Gumny
36Reece Oxford
5Marek Suchý
19Felix Uduokhai (C)
3Mads Pedersen
23Marco Richter ↩65
14Jan Morávek ↩64
25Carlos Gruezo
18László Bénes ↩80
7Florian Niederlechner ↩65
40Tomáš Koubek
27Alfreð Finnbogason ↪65X
6Jeffrey Gouweleeuw
32Raphael Framberger
16Ruben Vargas ↪80
24Fredrik Jensen ↪65
28André Hahn
33Tobias Strobl ↪64

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