The Eagles are flying high as Eintracht Frankfurt currently occupy a UEFA Champions League position in the Bundesliga. Things have not always been smooth for Timmy Chandler and his team, but Frankfurt have proven this season they are kings of bouncebackability.
Eintracht’s disappointing 1-0 loss at Stuttgart on Matchday 24 was their seventh of the season, but Chandler & Co. have shown they can shake off setbacks and have won all six matches on the back of losses so far this campaign.
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The USA international, however, made clear his frustration at the most recent defeat: “We just couldn’t turn it on,” the 27-year-old bemoaned. “We could’ve played for another 90 minutes and still not found a way through. We lacked everything we needed.
“We lost the ball a lot with simple misplaced passes. We were the architects of our own downfall and just lacked the necessary desire to score.”
It is the sort of self-criticism that has become the hallmark of Eintracht under coach Niko Kovac, who has turned Frankfurt from relegation strugglers into European hopefuls in just under two years at the club.
The team went public with their self-criticism after their poor performance in the 3-0 loss at Augsburg, and right-back-turned-left-wing-back Chandler has again spoken out about the meaning of such acts.
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“This self-recognition is important. We’re working on those things we were missing in training because we know it wasn’t good,” the Frankfurt-born American stated. “We know we have to do a lot, lot better against Hannover.”
It is a call for a reaction that everyone at the Commerzbank Arena is echoing, and Eintracht have proven themselves adept at bouncing back this season. Can they maintain their record of always winning following defeats this season when they host Hannover on Saturday?