Some want to repeat an unforgettable day, others want to go to the final in berlin for the first time: ahead of the DFB cup derby between eintracht frankfurt and FSV mainz 05, both teams present themselves as highly motivated.
"We know what it’s like to be in the cup final. Everyone who was there last year wanted to go back," frankfurt coach niko kovac said on tuesday before the round of the last eight teams. And his colleague from mainz, sandro schwarz, said: "this is a great competition. And we want to remain unbeaten in this competition tomorrow evening."This is also the goal of FC schalke 04 and vfl wolfsburg, who will play in the second quarterfinal on wednesday.
As for mainz, the final would also be a premiere for schalke coach domenico tedesco. "That would be a huge story," the 32-year-old said of his possible first final appearance. For this story to come true, his team will have to improve on its performance in past league games. A brilliant first half of the season has so far been followed by only four points from four games in the second half, with a last-minute home defeat to werder bremen on saturday.
Tedesco also sees the cup as an opportunity. Four days after the defeat against bremen, there is "the possibility to get positive things on the screen and in the head in the short term."On tuesday, the coach described his feelings: "i’m on fire, the boys are on fire – for all i care, we could kick off in half an hour."
The recent weaknesses in schalke’s playmaking and finishing should be remedied with the help of midfield strategist leon goretzka and goal-scorer guido burgstaller. "We’re hungry to reach the semifinals," tedesco said before the fourth cup duel in the club’s history against wolfsburg.
Frankfurt and mainz have only met once before in the national cup. But the clubs always manage to play against each other when the stakes are high for at least one of them.
Two years ago, eintracht would have been relegated if it hadn’t scored a goal just before the end to win 2-1 against mainz. And last may, the 05ers were in danger of falling back to the relegation zone on the penultimate matchday because they lost 2-0 to frankfurt after just under an hour. In one of the most spectacular halftimes in mainz bundesliga history, however, they turned this game around and won 4:2.
Mainz wants to show a similar morale on wednesday as well. At best from the beginning. Schwarz puts it this way: "whoever is not on fire tomorrow is completely out of place."