Eintracht want top flight stay to be long-term

After only a year in the second division, Eintracht Frankfurt are back in the Bundesliga and after their cup-exit against second division side Erzgebirge Aue, Eintracht have started impressively in the top flight. In their 2-1 victory against Bayer Leverkusen in their opening Bundesliga game, Eintracht impressed with a brave attacking game and their risk taking. Promotion coach Armin Veh voiced his pleasure: “We scored the goal at the right time. Finally, I'm pleased to see us rewarded for our courageous game.”

The harmony in the Eintracht camp has undoubtedly altered over the summer. Never before has the club invested in so many new players but the transfers were well considered. Young, talented players have been added to the existing squad. The most expensive arrival was goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. The Germany U-21 goalkeeper came from 1. FC Kaiserslautern and should ring in the generational change in between the posts. Eintracht's long standing goalkeeper Oka Nikolov must return to the bench. Along with Trapp, Veh's side secured 13 new arrivals. These included Martin Lanig, Bastian Oczipka, Olivier Occean, Stefan Aigner, Stefano Celozzi, Takashi Inui, Bamba Anderson and Carlos Zambrano. There is a lack of Bundesliga experience in the side but Veh is impressed with his team: “I don't see any particular risk, because we are convinced that all the players can compete at this level and, based on their age, improve.”

The creation of the squad is something that gives Frankfurt a long-term platform, according to Veh. “The squad isn't built for one year, it's built on the fact that, due to its age, it will grow and develop. That is the goal.” Primarily though, survival is the most important thing for Eintracht. “As a newly promoted side, we are expected to be submissive. Our goal in this first year is to make sure that this relatively young team has as little to do as possible with the relegation fight,” said Veh. The 2-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen was the first step towards that goal.

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