Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner is preparing his side for next week’s Europa League final against Rangers in Seville knowing they are going to be in for a tough night in the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán; confessing he’s never seen anyone cause such “big trouble” for RB Leipzig as the Light Blues did at Ibrox in the semi-final.
Glasner, who is aiming to become the first Austrian since the legendary Ernst Happel to lift a European trophy, admits Rangers were worthy winners against the Germans and their Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund earlier in the competition.
With the two sides now 90 minutes away from European glory, Glasner has given his verdict on the Light Blues as he assessed Rangers’ chances of besting his side in Seville.
“They have eliminated two Bundesliga clubs, Dorftmund and Leipzig,” Glasner said. “And their wins were fully deserved. In fact, I haven’t seen Leipzig in such big trouble as they were in the first-half of the second leg game against Rangers in Glasgow.
“They are incredibly strong in one-on-one combat, they break upfront rapidly and bring the ball quickly into the penalty area. They are very flexible with their formation, switch from three chain to five chain or also use the four chain in the build-up. They have a very structured approach to the game. It’s going to be a 50-50 game. Both teams deserve to be in the final.”
Rangers have every reason to be positive going into Europa League final v Frankfurt
On paper, there is little question that both Rangers and Frankfurt have player ‘better’ sides this season and progressed so it should make for a really intriguing game on Wednesday.
The Light Blues should have nothing to fear in Seville as they look to lift the club’s second European trophy 50 years after the Cup Winners’ Cup success in Barcelona.
With one more game to go before Rangers fly out to Spain, the Light Blues can continue the momentum they’ve built up and, hopefully, go on to lift the UEFA Cup and be crowned Europa League winners.