At Frankfurt’s defeat against Bayer Leverkusen, coach Oliver Glasner spared eight players. With regard to the Europa League second leg against West Ham. But also fair towards Leverkusen’s opponents? The trainer provides explanatory approaches.

At the press conference after the 0: 2 from Frankfurt’s point of view, Oliver Glasner tried it with a little irony. “My last words to the players were: take care that you don’t hurt yourself. And congratulate Leverkusen after the game!”

After that, Glasner provided the expected explanation for his B-Elf in the game against the Champions League aspirant. “It was seen in the line -up that the game on Thursday was absolutely priority,” said Glasner. “We wanted to have the last Thursday and probably play this Thursday, leave a maximum of 45 minutes on the pitch. We took this consideration. This is unusual for the Bundesliga,” the Austrian admitted.

Glasner: “… and I am getting there”

Oliver Glasner, Kevin Trapp | West Ham 1-2 Frankfurt | Post Match Press Conference | Europa League

However, Glasner also tried to explain his approach in a comprehensible manner. “In the Bundesliga we can no longer reach a starting place for Europe and on Thursday it is about the first final entry after more than 40 years. That’s why it was right, and I am entitled to.”

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On Thursday, Eintracht against West Ham will play to move into the Europa League final and thus also for the chance to be able to play as the winner of the competition in the coming season for the first time in club history in the Champions League. The Frankfurters go into the game with a 2-1 lead.