Frankfurt - Stuttgart

Germany: Bundesliga
Frankfurt F. Kostić (79)
Deutsche Bank Park (Frankfurt am Main)1-1
Stuttgart W. Anton (82), O. Marmoush (88)

Glasner emphasizes need for coherent basic tactics: "It's important to introduce consistency."

By Peter Vice

Speaking on record about the forthcoming round four Bundesliga encounter against Stuttgart on Sunday, Eintracht Frankfurt trainer Oliver Glasner seemed to express a preference for a 4-4-2 system.

Oliver Glasner.
Oliver Glasner.

With the deadline day signing of Dutch striker Sam Lammers, Oliver Glasner has his much needed second top axis striker. The new SGE head-coach has gotten off to a rocky start in Germany's commercial capital.

An opening day shellacking away at Dortmund was followed up by two tepid draws in which the team looked far from convincing. Moreover, Glasner's tactical constellations failed to exhibit any consistency across three rounds.

If the 47-year-old Austrian gaffer's recent public remarks are any indication, Glasner desperately wishes to put a stop to it.

"It's important to introduce consistency," Glasner said on Monday, "It's not wise to change the system every week just to show how variable we are."

In explaining his switch from the inherited back-three to a back-four, Glasner hinted that the change was permanent.

"The role assignments are the easiest when we attack via a 4-4-2," he continued, "A back-three requires courage to place an opponent under pressure. The players moving out of the back need support. You have to rely on your teammates. If this trust, these automations are missing, it leads to hesitation an passive play. With a four-man back-line, the sequences are easier to train."

Glasner did leave open the possibility of trying out a 3-5-2, a tight midfield rotating diamond, or even a set of attacking eights in the longer term. He nevertheless gave every indication that he planned to deploy Lammers alongside Rafael Santos Borré; most likely in a 4-4-2.

"Rafael plays quite often on the right side of a 4-4-2 with the Colombian national team," Glasner pointed out.

Borré himself recently admitted that he thought a second striker "would be helpful" for him at his new club team. In post-match comments, the Colombian spoke of "compatibility with a classic nine."

Lammers fits the bill for this.

1Kevin Trapp
37Erik Durm ↩80
2Evan N'Dicka
13Martin Hinteregger (C)
25Christopher Lenz
8Djibril Sow
7Ajdin Hrustic ↩59
23Jens Hauge ↩81
15Daichi Kamada
29Jesper Lindstrøm ↩59
9Sam Lammers ↩70
40Diant Ramaj
19Rafael Borré ↪70
39Gonçalo Paciência ↪81
20Makoto Hasebe
24Danny da Costa ↪80
3Stefan Ilsanker
6Kristijan Jakić ↪59
10Filip Kostić ↪59
27Aymen Barkok
1Florian Müller
5Konstantinos Mavropanos
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf ↩80
30Roberto Massimo ↩62
16Atakan Karazor
3Wataru Endo (C)
24Borna Sosa ↩70
21Phillipp Klement ↩70
31Mateo Klimowicz ↩62
17Omar Marmoush
33Fabian Bredlow
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↪80
37Hiroki Ito ↪70
6Clinton Mola
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↪62
10Daniel Didavi
11Erik Thommy
23Orel Mangala ↪70
34Ömer Faruk Beyaz ↪62

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