After the 5-1 coup against record champions Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt is expecting an even more difficult task in the Bundesliga. “It will be a brutal challenge for us,” said Eintracht coach Dino Toppmöller, looking ahead to the game on Sunday next week against impressive league leaders Bayer 04 Leverkusen. “If you look at the season that Leverkusen has played, what is being achieved there is absolutely outstanding.”

In terms of the tactical idea, the game plan and the intelligence of the individual players, what Bayer 04 has built with coach Xabi Alonso is exceptionally good. “But it will be a different game than against Bayern,” said Toppmöller. In Leverkusen the coach has to do without striker Omar Marmoush. After receiving his fifth yellow card in the match against Munich, he has to take a break. “We have one less counter-attacker,” said Toppmöller.

Marmoush scored the opening goal and his seventh goal of the season in the 12th minute on Saturday. Eric Dina Ebimbe (31st/50th), Hugo Larsson (36th) and Ansgar Knauff (60th) scored the other goals. “First of all, let’s enjoy the moment,” said Toppmöller. Then we will concentrate on the last preliminary round game in the Conference League on Thursday (6.45 p.m.) at FC Aberdeen: “And then we’ll see how we do it in Leverkusen.”

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