Frankfurt looking to avenge opening day defeat

Little over five months have passed since Hertha Berlin thrashed Eintracht Frankfurt 6-1 on the opening day of the season, and the Eagles now want to show just how much has changed when they meet again this Saturday.

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More than that, though, they want to prove they can still win games at the Waldstadion.

With four draws and four defeats from their eight home games so far this season, Frankfurt do not need to look far to see why they are just a point above the bottom three.

"We know that we're responsible for it all," said coach Armin Veh. "Of course I would have preferred to be eighth in the table, but that's simply not the case."

Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp added: "It's the top game on Saturday, the stadium is full and we finally want our first home win.

"We also want to forget about our heavy defeat at the start of the first half of the season," he added on the website of opponents Hertha.

"We've got to try to prevent that," said Hertha coach Jos Luhukay. "That game is half a year ago; it's in the past."

Hertha are playing a similar season to Frankfurt last term, chasing a place in Europe in their first season back in the top flight.

Were the season to end now, they would be playing in the Europa League next season, although Luhukay is not getting carried away with thoughts of European football.

"All we are focusing on is latching on to the results we got in the first half of the season and carrying on from where we left off," the Dutch coach told a press conference.

"We earned a lot of respect and a bit of recognition for what we did in the first half of the season and it's up to us to ensure that continues.

"That gives us our motivation."

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