The bill is very simple. Bayer 04 wins the next two games against Frankfurt (Monday, 8:30 p.m.) and at 1899 Hoffenheim (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.), the qualification for the premier class is practically unthinkable due to the clearly better goal difference compared to SC Freiburg. If not, there is a final game of the Champions League qualification against the Freiburg on the 34th matchday.
- Demirbay's operating chances "very low"
- Bayer has it in his own hands. An advantage?
- SEOANE is reminiscent of the first leg
"We are mentally well prepared. We have known for a few weeks that it will be a tight race until the end. Freiburg is very effective at the moment with a good run," explains Gerardo Seoane with obvious respect for situation and opponents. Especially since his team last knew how to convince only to a limited extent due to considerable personnel problems.
Demirbay's operating chances "very low"
These are likely to increase somewhat due to a capsule injury to the toe, due to the likely failure of Kerem Demirbay, after all, the strategist could not train with the team this week. Accordingly, the trainer says about Demirbay's possible use: "The chance is very low."
With the last yellow-blocked Robert Andrich and Piero Hincapie, two potential players return to the starting XI, which can also become a decisive factor in terms of physical and mentality, which has special strengths in this area.
"They are important players for us in these areas," says Seoane, "it always takes a good mix" between aggressiveness and intuition. "These are two important players who have always received constant achievements. We are happy that they will return so that we have a certain density and width during the game."
Bayer has it in his own hands. An advantage?
Nevertheless, he doesn't want to know about the fact that the framework conditions actually speak for his team. That Bayer has everything in his own hand? "I don't see that as an advantage. Every game has to be played," he defends.
The possibly missing focus of the Frankfurter, for whom the league is no longer concerned? The trainer doesn't see him. "Bundesliga games are always played 100 percent. Some fresh players will come in who are burning on their chance who want to recommend. Frankfurt has a broad squad. And there are also players who need and want the three-day rhythm. We expect a normally motivated Frankfurt like in every game, "emphasizes Seoane, who does not want to promote recourse in his professionals.
Verbally, the trainer, probably also with the knowledge that his team stayed far from their maximum performance, is very defensive, referring to the fundamental imponderables of a seasonal final: "You saw that everything is possible in the final phase in all places. Some teams grow beyond themselves in this close situation. "
SEOANE is reminiscent of the first leg
So the Swiss will not be tired to warn: "Eintracht Frankfurt is able to call up an incredibly physical and dynamic performance in every game. We experienced it even in the first leg when we led 2-0, but still lost 2: 5 and really With their way of playing had a long time. "
So that this does not happen again, Seoane only wants to avoid the approach of a wrong basic setting. A fight against the subconscious of his professionals. "We are well advised," he warns, "to focus on our performance, on our way and our development and the full concentration on the game tomorrow."
In this, a sovereign victory of the team would give back another piece of self-confidence after the 4-1 win in Fürth. Which would be a crucial boost before the Hoffenheim game. A loss of points against the most recently Matten Frankfurter in the league would also endanger Bayer's last goal of the season.