TSG looking to compete against surprise package Frankfurt

On Saturday (January 26th, 15.30 CET), TSG will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. The side placed fourth in the table are the surprise package this season, having kept pace with the league's frontrunners since their promotion in the summer under manager Armin Veh. Frankfurt are a very strong side and the 3-1 defeat they suffered against Bayer Leverkusen in their opening league match of 2013 doesn't change that.

History favours Marco Kurz's side for this encounter, with TSG coming out as winners in four of the seven previous Bundesliga matches between the two teams. Frankfurt have only ever claimed one victory against Hoffenheim, however it came this season on matchday two.

“Frankfurt have a great squad,” explained the 1899-manager in his press conference on Thursday. “But so do we.” The draw against Gladbach last week was a good first step for Marco Kurz, but he says his side will have to put an even better performance in against Frankfurt.

Kurz impressed by Eintracht

“We've got an incredibly difficult game coming up. Eintracht deserve to be where they are in the table,” said Kurz. The TSG manager is eagerly anticipating the game: “They have a fantastic stadium and their fans will push their players all the way.”

Kurz explained that he watched Frankfurt a few times during the first half of the season and was very impressed. “They stick to their playing style regardless of the score and have technically good players throughout the side,” said Kurz. Nevertheless, he believes his side can pick up three points.

He feels the chances to find holes in the Frankfurt defence will come from good pressing on the flanks. “If we can win the ball high up the pitch then a bit of space will open up because Frankfurt like to play with their full backs in advanced positions,” he explained.

Kurz will be without the long-term injured Sejad Salihovic and Sebastian Rudy for Saturday's game. Sven Schipplock is yet to return to training after problems with his Achilles, and the match will probably come around too soon for Stephan Schröck who has only been back in training for two days. Fabian Johnson's involvement is also doubtful. He was taken out of training after a knee injury and will be assessed before the match. New signing David Abraham on the other hand is available for selection.

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