Eintracht Frankfurt and RB Leipzig met in the DFB-Pokal final. We summarize the voices around the final in Berlin.
Berlin – The big final was coming up! Eintracht Frankfurt faced RB Leipzig in the final of the DFB-Pokal. In the end, the Bulls prevailed 2-0, goals from Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai mean the title defense. We summarize the voices around the game.
|Held since:||1935 (until 1943 as Tschammer-Pokal)|
|Venue of the final:||Olympic Stadium Berlin (since 1985)|
|Current winner:||RB Leipzig|
|Record winners:||FC Bayern Munich (with 20 titles)|
Marco Rose (RB Leipzig coach) after the match on ...
... his team's performance: "We played very maturely. It was just a mature performance, I think."
... Werner's start and Poulsen's substitution: "Timo worked for the team, he had a few good situations going forward. I think Timo gave everything for the team. Yussuf really gave us something out of the back."
... his own development: "I'm a bit more mature perhaps, I have a top team, an absolutely professional club, as it is run."
... the victory: "Winning a title is something great. To make so many people so happy, to make us happy, our families – we're going to have a nice evening tonight."
... the moments after the game: "That's what we all do it for: to be as successful as possible, to experience moments like this. I have the privilege of being able to do this in my hometown. It's already special and special to me. Thanks to the guys for giving us this experience here. Defending the title is extraordinary. We've had an excellent Bundesliga season. That's the cherry on top of the cream now."
... the melancholy because one or the other player will change: "Fluctuation, also in our squad, is something normal. So it's all the nicer that we can diverge like this here. At some point we will meet again in Europe. We're going to lose players and our job is to back up our ambitious goals with transfers now."
... Himself as a party beast: "Basically, yes. I could now unpack my life story and tell you about my change in diet. That I haven't been drinking much alcohol lately. But today I'm going to strike. I think so. My family is very important to me and my friends, I'll see them in a moment. I don't go to bed until very late or not at all today, I won't let that be taken away from me. "
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt coach) after the match on ...
... the defeat: "We did very well until the goal. Then the game tipped in the direction of Leipzig. Compliments to the lads, but also to Leipzig, who deserved to win the game. I'm still incredibly proud of my team. Of course it hurts, it hurts a lot. But that's part of football, it's part of life. There's always a winner and a loser in a final."
... Sebastian Rode's substitution: "Sebastian was simply at the end of his rope. He then scrambled twice more and then I saw that this was coming to an end."
... Laimer's handball in the penalty area in the 29th minute: "Yes, as I said, very, very close. Yes, it's his turn, but the referee directed the game very, very well and if that's how he decided here, then that's the way it is."
... the SBU future: "Maybe this defeat is the chance to win the Conference League next year. I'll keep my fingers crossed, I'll wish it to Eintracht. If the guys continue like this, with this attitude, with this fight, then it will certainly be another very, very good season."
... the reasons for Leipzig's victory: "If we can act on an equal footing with Leipzig, that's an honour for us. Little things decide such a final, today in favor of Leipzig. But the pride of what we have achieved here in recent years outweighs the pride."
Glasner's sad farewell to Eintracht: "I get goosebumps left, right, everywhere"
... his emotional state: "I'm actually relatively calm. Of course disappointed, a bit melancholy after this great mood from us. On the other hand, we are also proud of what we have achieved here. When I talk about it, I get goosebumps left, right, everywhere. The two years will always remain in my heart."
... the rest of the night: "All heads are down. But I think we're going to have a real party today. It was the 97th game in two years. I'm going to tell the guys: let it go and really celebrate."
... his future: "I've already said we're going to really let loose tonight, and so am I. I'm going to party until Monday, and then I'll get back to you. Oh, I don't know, I don't have a head to think about my future now. Otherwise, it's time to improve my handicap in golf again. I'm very relaxed."
Oliver Glasner bids farewell to Frankfurt without the DFB-Pokal. © Tobias Schwarz / AFP
Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) after the match on ...
... the feeling on the pitch: "It felt good. When I came in, I noticed that we were pushing a little more up front. Frankfurt knocked a lot out of it."
... the difference to winning the cup for the first time: "It feels just as cool."
... Gifts for the team – like the rings from Forsberg last year: "I can't reveal it yet, but there's something."
Max Eberl (sporting director RB Leipzig) after the game about ...
... the feeling of having won precious metal: "I can't even say yet, I don't have it in my hand yet. I'm a bit overwhelmed."
... the upcoming celebration: "I'm more of a quieter avoidance. But I'll let myself drift tonight."
... the game: "The tension was there for a long time, but I don't give a shit, the main thing is that we won."
... whether it was Nkunku's farewell goal to London: "That could be."
Oliver Mintzlaff (Managing Director Red Bull) after the game about ...
... Title collector Leipzig: "We've shown that we can compete at the top and that we can defend titles. That makes us very, very proud."
... Coach Rose: "Marco has managed to get this team behind him. We want to continue on this path in the longer term."
... the pyro incidents: "Of course, that's ugly. It was a difficult game for the spectators, it wasn't the best final. When something like that happens, it has no place in football."
Sebastian Rode (captain of Eintracht Frankfurt) after the match on ...
... the reasons for the defeat: "In the final, little things are decisive, at 1-0 the ball was deflected twice. There was luck involved. But if you don't shoot, you can't score."
... his achievement: "I wanted to lead the way again as captain, so you have the privilege and the honour to do that. It was the last 20 minutes that broke our necks."
Konrad Laimer (RB Leipzig) after the match on ...
... the game: "It's a final, it's a cup, it's the second title. It's just nice to win here. It's just awesome."
... the opponent: "When two good teams meet, you don't want to risk anything too early. But then you make a goal like that and you don't do it by chance. Frankfurt are a top team, but we're also good."
... the party night: "If you win, you have to be able to celebrate. I'm sure I'll be there, too."
... his farewell: "I was in Leipzig for six years and had a really good time. It's a really nice way to end it."
Oliver Mintzlaff (Managing Director Red Bull GmbH) before the game about ...
... the change of coach to Marco Rose: "It's like that in football, if everything works out afterwards, then you've done everything right. Marco is doing a fantastic job, the way he got the team behind him."
... last year's cup success: "Of course, to win a title like that also does something to a club. That gives you confidence."
... the missed chance to become champions: "If you're that close, then you have to play through it until matchday 34. There's no question that the team had the potential this season, but we had a brutally bad start."
... Max Eberl and FCB: "Of course we spoke. Max said to me: I feel comfortable here, I haven't spoken to anyone, I'm in the process of planning the squad for next season. I'm glad that we have Max Eberl and not other people's problems."
... the question of why Eberl didn't close the door to Bayern in the media: "I haven't read every interview now, but he closed the door to me."
Marco Rose (RB Leipzig coach) before the match on...
... the approach: "We don't want to let them get into the transition game and bring our quality to the pitch. It's going to be a game between two good teams."
... his anticipation: "I'm very happy. Good weather, good space, good mood. We're all looking forward to it."
... Lukas Klostermann's appointment for the suspended Josko Gvardiol: "Klosti deserves it, and it's his birthday today, so I almost can't put him on the bench. He's reliable, has a good pace and has done a good job in the last few weeks."
... a supposed away game: "Yes, you can't hide the fact that there are more Frankfurters in the stadium here. We're still proud of our fans."
... the chance to win: "I told the guys at the beginning of the week: You know how to win this thing. We have a good basic tension, but we know how difficult the task is."
... the ailing Timo Werner: "So far, he hasn't indicated that it's not possible. But it's still a bit of a question mark."
... Dani Olmo's extension: "Good boy, good guy. We're glad he's here."
Max Eberl (sporting director RB Leipzig) before the game about ...
... the chance to win the first title since his B-Youth Championship: "I think now everyone really knows that I've become German B-Youth Champion." (laughs)
the experience of the cup final: "I'm enjoying it, it's a great experience to soak it up here in the stadium and in the city."
... the differences between Frankfurt and Leipzig: "It's a competition between two clubs that will hopefully deliver a great football match today."
... possible advantages for his team: "We're back in the cup final, we know the knockout system. Nkunku, Laimer, Schlager – we're standing there with a full band."
... a possible contact with Bayern: "I've been in contact with Uli Hoeneß again and again, for years, for decades. But there is no contact, everything that has been rumored is not true."
Oliver Glasner (coach Eintracht Frankfurt) before the game about ...
... his inner life: "It's a tingling stomach, tension, is everything we set out to do work? I'm really happy, we have an amazing atmosphere here today."
... Advantages for the SBU: "We are hearing a lot right now. Our fans, they're incredible. They make us feel good. But we also need top performance. In Leipzig, we showed after half an hour that we can stand up to them. The game intelligence of Götze and Kamada, the speed of Kolo Muani – we can cause them problems."
... Thoughts about his future: "None at all. I'm going to go on vacation now and let it come to me."
Glasner zu Gladbach? Eintracht coach brushes off question ahead of cup final
... a possible interest from Borussia Mönchengladbach: "I don't have time to deal with anything else now. Today is this game. We want to present the trophy at the Römer and look into beaming faces."
... the Eintracht fans: "Yes, of course you get to see a video every now and then during the day. It's already a tradition for our fans to take over the cities. Really respect for our fans."
... how grateful he is to his team: "Yes, a lot. I also told the lads today that I'm very grateful and proud of them as a coach today. If you have the chance to win two titles in 12 months as Eintracht Frankfurt, then that's incredible."
... the chance to become the most successful SBU coach: "At the moment we don't have the title yet. At the moment, I'm not. Of course, having the opportunity makes me proud. Of course, that would be a great story. But most of all, I would be happy to present the trophy at the Römer tomorrow."
... what Makoto Hasebe brings to the pitch: "His personality. Because, above all, it gives Tuta and Ndicka security in this atmosphere. We want to be outnumbered at the back and Makoto should get into as few running duels as possible. Still, everyone says Makoto is so slow – he's not as fast as Ndicka – but he's not that slow."
... his anticipation for the final: "It's great that we have another great game at the end of the season."
Daniel Siebert (referee) before the match on...
... whether it's a special game for him: "Indeed. Not only because it's the cup final, but also because it's my hometown."
... his expectations for the game: "I'm assuming it's going to get down to business from the start. I'm not expecting probing, but intense duels. As long as it's fair, you can let it run. Of course, if it becomes unfair, you have to intervene."