"The most intense experience of our lives!" – Eintracht Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp on winning the UEFA Europa League
bundesliga.com rounds up the reaction to Eintracht Frankfurt's penalty shootout win over Glasgow Rangers in the 2021/22 UEFA Europa League final in Seville...
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Kevin Trapp (Goalkeeper and vice-captain): "It feels incredible. I'm still trying to catch my breath. For us, for Frankfurt, for the region - for the whole of Germany, I think it's a wonderful thing. To be able to give back to our fans this way is so special. We believed that we could do it, but you saw we had to dig deep for this win. We never gave up on ourselves, we always believed. It was the most intense experience of our lives for many of us and we’ll need time to recover. This is not my night. It's everyone’s night. It doesn't come down to one player, it comes down to a whole team. The league season was a disappointment because we didn't qualify for Europe, now the euphoria is huge as we look forward to the UEFA Champions League. It's hard to find the words."
Oliver Glasner (Head coach): "It was our 13th game in Europe and we didn't lose any of them. We came from behind today, so I can't find the words to describe what the boys did today and this season, and they don't often fail me. I'm proud for my players and my work. It was exactly the game we expected. They are very physical, they play long balls. We had to dictate the pace. Our penalties were very good. We have been practising in the last month. Did I think about the UEFA Champions League next season? No. I never talk about the future because we don't know what happens in the next months. I told the players we had a fantastic journey and that journey should not end in Seville, but tomorrow when we come home with the trophy."
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Sebastian Rode (Captain and midfielder): "This team is incredible. We all just deserve it, we're over the moon to celebrate with the fans now. It was a tough road and there was a lot at stake for us. The support today was unbelievable, as it has been throughout the season. It's been an incredible journey for all of us. We really deserve it."
Martin Hinteregger (Defender): "What a game it was. Winning on penalties is a fitting end, it's insane. It's unbelievable what we achieved delivered today. The journey continues in the Champions League, but this victory is one to enjoy now.”
Ansgar Knauff (Winger): "I don't even know what to say. I almost had a heart attack during the penalty shootout. I'm just happy we did it and now we just want to celebrate with the fans. We knew that [Kevin Trapp] would make a save and the [fans] knew that, too. We did it - it's incredible!"
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