Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner has insisted that Rangers are favourites for tonight’s Europa League final in Seville – calling Gio van Bronckhorst’s side a “mixture of West Ham and Barcelona.”
The Light Blues face the Glasner’s side tonight at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán and is adamant that beating Dortmund and RB Leipzig earlier in the competition makes Rangers favourites.
While Glasner’s side knocked out both Barcelona and West Ham to make it to the final, the Austrian boss believes that Rangers have the best attributes of both of those – singling out James Tavernier as the biggest threat to his side’s chances.
“If you win against the second and fourth of the Bundesliga then you are the favourite,” Glasner insisted.
“We are 11th in the Bundesliga, so maybe that’s the calculation. But listen, that stuff doesn’t matter, both teams deserve to play the final.
“We have analysed them and they are a mixture of West Ham and Barcelona. You can see the Dutch influence in the way they play and their little triangles but they also have the British mentality.
“Rangers are a team who are very robust and they have the desire to run and chase every time they lose the ball. James Tavernier is also top scorer in the Europa League so that shows he runs a lot.
“They’re always ready and show this readiness to defend but to also go forward. They play very fast football so this is how they score a lot of goals.
“Like West Ham they can cross the ball very quickly. They scored like that against Braga and Leipzig.”
Frankfurt boss trying to play mind games with Rangers ahead of Seville Europa League final
Glasner knows exactly what he is doing by trying to put the pressure on Rangers ahead of the Europa League final.
While there is undeniable confidence about Rangers that they are very much capable of winning it, the gulf in finances available – and therefore the quality of players – means the Light Blues are always fighting an uphill battle at this stage in Europe.
However, anything is possible over 90 minutes and, as the earlier rounds have shown, this Rangers team don’t seem to know when they are beaten in Europe.
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