Eintracht Frankfurt – Match Report vs Basel 06/08/20

After a disappointing 3-0 loss to Basel in the first let pre-lockdown, Frankfurt failed to fight back and lost this match 1-0 also. Frankfurt set up in a 3-4-1-2 with Kamada playing behind the strikers. The took a lot of shots but didn’t create much danger throughout the match, they weren’t clinical and lacked creativity or movement in the final third. They were often limited to long shots and weren’t able to attack at pace really. Overall it was quite a slow paced game that could have finished either way but Frankfurt weren’t overcoming the aggregate scoreline.

Ratings:

  • A1 – Very good, could play higher
  • A2 – Strong potential to play higher
  • B1 – Good, strong player at level
  • B2 – Potential to be strong player at level
  • C – Average for the level, re-watch
  • D – Below average in this match

Daichi Kamada

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Age: 23
  • Date of birth: 05/08/1996
  • Current Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Career: Sagan Tosu, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sint-Triudense (L)
  • Position: Attacking Midfield
  • Secondary Position: Right Wing
  • Preferred foot: Right

Kamada was positioned behind the two strikers and had a fairly free role, able to drift. At times he dropped into midfield to try and find space when they struggled to progress the ball in buildup. However, he wasn’t that effective, able to receive the ball cleanly or in space or wasn’t able to make anything happen after. Kamada looked off the pace all game, he was a passive player who didn’t show intensity or aggression and was always positioned away from the action.

He tried to make things happen on the ball, being quite direct by taking very few touches on the ball and always looking to forwards. But, his passing was great due to poor decision making. They had nice technique and weight but lost possession constantly, unable to create anything really.

He took a few long shots which lacked power and were easily saved. The Japanese attacker lacked physicality as well. He’s 5’11” but with a slim build and was pushed off the ball easily by the Basel defenders. He is agile and mobile but he didn’t show his pace in this game really, not hitting top gears. He carried the ball into space but not at speed and didn’t try to drive at the defence. In 1v1s he was forced backwards and didn’t try anything to beat his man but did have good control.

Rating – D

Frankfurt as a whole were poor today and outside of some decent set piece deliveries I thought Kamada was ineffective on the ball while also not showing athleticism or mental strength.

Evan N’Dicka

Player Profile:

  • Nationality: French
  • Age: 20
  • Date of birth: 20/08/1999
  • Current Club: Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Career: Auxerre, Eintracht Frankfurt
  • Position: Centre Back
  • Secondary Position: Left Back
  • Preferred foot: Left

N’Dicka played as the left centre back in their back three. Kostic is their main attacker player and starts at left wing back, Kostic can push very high in possession so often N’Dicka is positioned as the left back in the buildup phase. Either way his positioning was deep and he didn’t intend to push forwards, only getting forward a few times, attempting one poor cross from the byline.

The 6’3″ defender is lean with a fairly average build and is a bit lightweight. He isn’t elegant or that comfortable on the ball, his passing was smooth but didn’t have much power and was largely very simple short passes to the other centre backs and didn’t really open his hips up or try to progress the ball. He was a bit of a heavy footed runner and didn’t show much pace.

Overall he had a quiet first half and was brought off at half time without having to do much. He made one challenge high up on the sideline to stop a counter, it worked and was well timed but lacked technique.

Rating – D

Andre Silva 

Player Profile: 

  • Nationality: Portuguese 
  • Age: 24 
  • Date of Birth: 06/11/1995 
  • Current Club: Eintracht Frankfurt, on loan from AC Milan 
  • Career: Porto (Y), Porto, AC Milan, Sevilla (L), Eintracht Frankfurt (L) 
  • Position: Striker 
  • Preferred Foot: Right 

Playing up front along side Dost, Silva had a quiet game before coming off at half time. He only had 19 touches of the ball, taking no shots and completing 11 passes. He had some very quiet patches where he wasn’t involved at all.

He worked hard though, chasing scraps and long balls and pressing the ball. He drifted into the half spaces at times to try to link with Kostic on the left wing. In the box he was too static, he was positioned fairly well but didn’t show enough movement to be a danger. He worked reasonably well off of Dost but overall wasn’t able to create anything great.

Rating – D

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