Eintracht Frankfurt vs Wolfsburg Preview

Eintracht Frankfurt are just 90 minutes away from sealing a place in Europe next season at the end of their first year back in the Bundesliga.

A stony-faced celebration.

The Eagles only spent one year in the second division but are now on the verge of joining the likes of Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen in flying the flag for Germany around Europe next season.

Realistically, they only need a point against Wolfsburg tomorrow to crown an achievement which boss Armin Veh says would be on a par with his best-ever achievement as a coach.

"Getting into Europe would be the crowning act of this season," he told the Frankfurter Rundschau.

"We would achieve something which nobody had even hinted at being possible. It would rank as highly as winning the title in 2007 with Stuttgart."

Europa League football has not always been a godsend to Bundesliga clubs, however, with relegation often being an issue in the subsequent season as they struggle to juggle both competitions.

Veh has no such fears, though, and believes his squad would be ready for the challenge next season.

"Why should we complain?" he said. "It would be something really special for Eintracht Frankfurt.

"The players are looking forward to it and the fans are looking forward to it too."

Should Frankfurt get the result they need tomorrow against Wolfsburg, Veh will be a keen spectator of the DFB-Pokal final on June 1.

Defeat for Stuttgart would mean Frankfurt would have the chance to avoid entering the qualifying round for the Europa League, as long as they can finish fifth in the table.

A sixth-placed finish would see them enter the penultimate qualifying round.

Wolfsburg cannot make it into Europe this season, meanwhile, but that does not mean they are not going to try their hardest.

"Eintracht should know that they are coming up against highly motivated opponents," coach Dieter Hecking said.

"We are capable of playing really good football and we have shown that even more since the negative pressure has disappeared."



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