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Adi Hütter has long since proven to be a stroke of luck for Eintracht Frankfurt - now the soccer teacher with the Hessians even beckons the first entry into the Champions League.
For the 51-year-old, it would be the temporary crowning achievement of his excellent work on the Main, which is also followed with great interest by other clubs. “If it were to be like that, then it would be absolute madness,” said Hütter before the Bundesliga guest appearance at Werder Bremen on Friday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN).
In the event of a win, Eintracht (42 points) would initially climb to third place in the table and at the same time increase the pressure in the title fight on the top duo Bayern Munich (49) and RB Leipzig (47) a little. Even if Hütter has not given a thought to the first championship since 1959: "Where we are, it's already excellent."
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No team has collected more points than the Frankfurt team this year. The fourth place in the table has been undefeated for eleven Bundesliga games, nine times the Hessians went away as the winners. Of 22 games this season, only two were lost - in Munich and Wolfsburg. In the battle for the premier class, Eintracht is five points ahead of Bayer Leverkusen and six ahead of Borussia Dortmund. "Now we are the hunted," says sports director Fredi Bobic before the performance on the Weser.
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Hütter played a major role in the sporting high-altitude flight. The Austrian, who came in 2018 from the then Swiss champion Young Boys Bern as the successor to Niko Kovac, gave the Frankfurters an attractive and offensive style of play and often showed a good hand in the tactical choice of means. It has long been standard practice for the married family man to analyze the most important scenes of the first half during the break in a game and - if necessary - make corrections. “I'm definitely not a laptop trainer. But you can't do without it either, ”says Hütter.
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Another success factor is his calm and at the same time determined way with which he leads the team. "As a coach and club, we try to make the players feel comfortable," says Hütter, describing his philosophy. It is very important to him: “Team spirit is defined by clear rules: respectful interaction and discipline, also outside the field. It's about how we exemplify these keywords. "
Hütter and his team of coaches seem to succeed very well, because Eintracht functions as a unit at the highest level. "Everyone helps each other, which is also reflected on the pitch," says national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp about the team spirit. He seldom played in a team "in which everyone gets on so well with everyone". Hütter confirms this impression: “I like that the team regulates a lot of things among themselves. The cabin is great. "
Hütter, who is said to have an exit clause in his contract valid until 2023 and is traded as a possible successor to Marco Rose at Borussia Mönchengladbach, almost did not end up with Eintracht. Werder Bremen wanted to sign him back in autumn 2017, Hütter once reported. But he refused: "It was just not the right time for me." In Frankfurt they are still very happy about that.
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For Eintracht Frankfurt's trainer Adi Hütter, sports director Fredi Bobic is still the first point of contact for sporting issues. “I'm very, very loyal to my superiors. And Fredi is my superior, ”said the 51-year-old Austrian on Friday. He had been informed about the former striker's intention to change, "but I emphasized that last week that it would not disturb us." © Thomas Frey / dpa / archive image Adi Hütter during a game.