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Creativity of the Team It will be very important for the Rangers to keep a close eye on Daiichi Kamada in the last third. The Japanese playmaker is a great, silky player and was impressive when Eintracht Frankfurt hosted West Ham in the last four. Even Declan Rice had a hard time pressing the Kama when Eintracht won the first match at London Stadium. West Ham never seemed to know what to do with Komada, who plays as one of Oliver Glasner’s two attacking midfielders in 3-4-2-1. He had an important role in Eintracht’s first goal, was in the right place to kill the winner after Jibril Sow’s shot was saved, and he was unlucky to see how the rebound hit the cladding in the final stage, so Rangers will need to be careful keep an eye on the 25-year-old. If the Komadas are given too much space to drive inside the left and play smart passes, then the Rangers will have problems.

Bore sinks deep Colombian Eintracht striker Rafael Barre is a very smart player. Bore lacks physical form, but his movement is smart and he knows how to connect the game. He knows when to move away from markers to get a pass and make room for others. Rangers need to be attentive to runners. Bore is unlikely to remain in central position all the time. He drifts a lot and allows attacking Eintracht midfielders to run past him. It was Jens Peter Hauge who could replace if the dangerous Esper Lindström was unavailable, who made a diagonal run to reach the long ball while moving, which led to Aaron Creswell of West Ham being removed from the field in the park of Deutsche Bank.

Wings of the back The Eintracht system gives them a different dimension and is appropriate for their team. Above all, it attracts two of their most important players. Flank backs are crucial for a side that uses a three-back, and Eintracht is great. The left flank is patrolled by Filip Kostic, who scored twice with a hammer on his left foot when the Bundesliga team stunned Barcelona at the Camp Nou in the quarterfinals, and Ansgar Knauf is an exciting presence on the right. Knauf, a 20-year-old German on loan from Borussia Dortmund, is very quick and loves to promote the attack, which he demonstrated by scoring Barre’s head 49 seconds after Frankfurt beat West Ham in London. The Rangers will need to press both wings.

Filip Kostic (left) scored the second of two goals in Barcelona in the quarterfinals. Photo: Enric Fontcuberta / EPA

Their fans They are loud, hot and will travel in numbers. They give the team extra strength.


Problems in possession Eintracht is a good jet side. Their speed makes them very effective at the break and they have shown during this race that they are able to absorb pressure. Evan Ndika is a very good defender and will be even more important when Martin Hintereger is absent. Kevin Trapp is a great goalkeeper. But Eintracht may have problems if the Rangers play more carefully and find it difficult to break themselves. The German team does not look so convincing when they have the burden to attack. Their home record this season is bad. Since Christmas at home they have won only twice, which is surprising given that the atmosphere is one of the best in Europe.

A set of pieces Eintracht’s netting poses no particular danger, and it was surprising that West Ham didn’t inflict more pain on them from dead ball situations. This was one of Eintracht’s biggest concerns when they faced David Moyes. They were worried that they would be overpowered, and there was a clear disorganization when West Ham equalized in the first match, Kurt Zuma rose unhindered through the goal, and the inconspicuous Michael Antonio scored on the far post. However, West Ham’s delivery was not good enough for most of the match. Trapp took off a lot of pressure by controlling his zone and demanding a lot of crosses, although Eintracht did not feel quite comfortable playing against 10 men in response. “West Ham” were allowed a few good head moments, but they were not accurate enough.

Lack of incision Eintracht does not have the top 9. Borre is doing a lot of good work, but has scored just 11 goals this season. Gonzalo Pasciencia struggled. Komada, Lindström and Hauge conducted campaigns with low scores. It is encouraging for Eintracht that they share goals; they are worried about the fact that they lack ruthless finishes.


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