The most important thing about Eintracht-Bochum: culture shock on Castroper Straße |

Between the two Champions League squatters against Tottenham, Eintracht Frankfurt travels to the bottom of the VfL Bochum ranking. There will be changes in personnel. It is still open whether the Bundesliga will duel oldies. The most important part of the game.

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The complete Eintracht PK for the race in Bochum

Oliver Glasner at the press conference

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Eintracht Frankfurt will face VfL Bochum on Saturday without a win. Randal Kolo Muani has been suspended.

starting position

Everything is going well at Eintracht Frankfurt, at least mentally. After three victories in the last four games and very good performances against Union Berlin and Tottenham Hotspur, the mood in Hesse is constantly positive again. The team has evolved, the system works. The only bottlenecks at the moment are the high physical load and the tight schedule for the coming weeks. Tuesday Champions League, Wednesday Champions League, in between Bundesliga in Bochum. Shortly before the trip to New White Hart Lane it goes to Castroper Strasse. That undermines your strength and can become a culture shock.

At VfL, on the other hand, they probably want to have these concerns. Bochum, who only managed to take one point in eight match days, has already said goodbye to coach Thomas Reis after the worst start to the season in Bundesliga history and has signed Thomas Letsch as his successor during the international match. So far, that hasn’t helped much: Letsch’s debut in Leipzig was lost 4-0.


Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner can probably count on Mario Götze again in Bochum. The 30-year-old, who missed the Premier League home game against Tottenham with an ankle problem, took part in training on Thursday without any problems and was able to slip back into the starting lineup. “If he’s fit, he’ll play,” Glasner said. It is also clear that Randal Kolo Muani will be suspended and will have to be replaced. Further changes are not excluded due to the high physical load. First candidate for a break: Oldie Makoto Hasebe.

Eintracht could play like this:

The possible line-up of Eintracht in Bochum

Meanwhile, VfL has to do without playmaker Kevin Stöger. The 29-year-old tested positive for the coronavirus.

This is how VfL could play:

Riemann – Masovic, Ordets, Oermann – Gamboa, Losilla, Goralski, Stafylidis – Zoller – P. Hofmann, Holtmann

That’s what the coaches say

Oliver Glasner: “Bochum is a very strong team that makes the spaces very tight. It will be important for us to take to the field with good energy, good spirit and great passion. The point is to continue this trend. We want to show that we are one step further and even stronger. We would do well not to look at the table. We can beat the former and lose the latter in the next game.”

Thomas Letsch: “Our performance in Leipzig was passive, anxious and despondent. We want to show everyone in the stadium on Saturday that we don’t present ourselves like that anymore. We want to get the fans behind us quickly. Frankfurt will be everything here between the two Champions League matches We have to be at 100 percent. They are also very dangerous in the transition game. You have to be extremely careful.”

You have to watch out for these players

Should Hasebe, who according to Glasner plays as a youth but is no longer a youth, need a break, there could be an instant duel between the Bundesliga oldies on the pitch. Japan’s Concord, who turns 39 in January, is the oldest player in the league. Anthony Losila from Bochum, who will turn 37 in March, is the second oldest. The secret to the success of the two young at heart: healthy food, plenty of sleep and regeneration in the bathtub. If only everything were that easy.

The stats of the game

The stats of the game this time around are the ones that should be encouraging Eintracht. Because Bochum has by far the worst defense in the league. VfL keeper Manuel Riemann had to fall behind 23 times in eight games. Considering the aluminum saves tenfold, there should certainly be opportunities for Eintracht, even in the absence of top striker Kolo Muani.

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