News : Adi Hütter and Frankfurt: Now of all times the magic – sport is vanishing
The sudden heat drop on Sunday prompted Adi Hütter to change clothes. Light gray trousers, white polo shirt: the Eintracht Frankfurt trainer followed one of the weakest home performances of the season in a 1-1 draw in the neighborhood duel against FSV Mainz 05 in an airy face.
In Hutter’s 100th Bundesliga game on the sideline, of all places, his team looked more like a collection of tough guys who had arranged to meet for a summer kick in the nearby Stadionbad: without structure, speed and plan, everyone did their day’s work for themselves. Although the first qualification for the Champions League beckons and more than 10,000 postcards were hanging in the player tunnel, which loyal supporters had sent wash baskets to the office to support.
Since Hütter, 51, announced his departure to Borussia Mönchengladbach, the drop in performance, which has already been lamented on the Lower Rhine, can now also be observed in the Main metropolis under a coach who will change. The four points from four games, three of which were almost given by FC Augsburg, do not mention how weak the ensemble has been since then. It seems as if someone pulled the plug in the Frankfurt city forest. The magic is gone anyway – except for one scene in which Ajdin Hrustic, Australian national player with a multicultural vita, maneuvered the ball into the Mainz goal with an arc lamp while sitting (86th). Despite the artistically valuable goal, the Hessians slipped out of the top four for the first time since the end of January.
Mainz, of all places, should now help Eintracht
The experienced managers immediately felt that things had gotten out of hand. Captain Makoto Hasebe, 37, missed the creativity and intensity, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 30, puzzled over fear and symptoms of paralysis. There are increasing indications that boss Hütter is no longer getting his employees to grapple as he did before. A good example of this is how we deal with Amin Younes.
With the trickster who was back in the national team in March, the coach clashed in the dressing room weeks ago, and since then Younes, 27, has hardly played a role in the starting eleven. Officially, it is always said that the player is in poor health, but after being substituted on, he shows up brightly. The soccer teacher from Vorarlberg reacted irritably to inquiries about this personnel.
In the tricky situation, the final tasks at FC Schalke 04 (May 15) and against SC Freiburg (May 22) no longer seem so easy for Frankfurt. Hütter was visibly conflicted: “We gave the thing up today. Let’s see if we don’t have something in our hands in the end.” And he said afterwards: “The fight is not over yet.”
Hütter shows a hint of resignation
It is not without a certain piquancy that of all things Mainz, unloved in Frankfurt, proud nine games in a row unbeaten and thanks to the goal by Karim Onisiwo (11th) have a long advantage, in the fight for the premier class to tip the scales. The zero fives, themselves as good as saved, will play against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday and then at VfL Wolfsburg. “We play for Mainz and want to stay in the league,” said coach Bo Svensson. He could promise to “do the best in the last few games”.
In Frankfurt, the sensational performances from January to April fueled high expectations. Especially in Corona times, the lavish remuneration in the Champions League should not be gambled away lightly. Hütter feels that he is being blamed for the negative trend. His justification betrayed a first hint of resignation: “We have already won so much. In the worst case, we will finish fifth.”
Then Eintracht would compete in the Europa League for the third time in four years, but the achievement would certainly not be as frenetically acclaimed as before. That would have less to do with the circumstances surrounding the pandemic and more to do with a trainer who, like many other colleagues, was pushing for a change in the air this summer.