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Please use this thread for all posts relating to our Europa League Semi Final, 2nd  Leg match against Eintracht Frankfurt at Stamford Bridge, before, during and after the game.

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The match is scheduled to kick off at 20:00, Thursday, 9th May, 2019 (Local UK time/date).

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53 minutes ago, hallgalley said:

Frankfurt losing 6-1 after a half hour today 

Have they rested the entire first team?

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Leo91   

I counted 6 players who started in the 1st leg and Rebic. Jovic came on in the 37th minute. Rested or not, you don't want to go into an away 2nd leg having lost 6-1.

We have to respect them, they're dangerous and can easily see them scoring 2 goals the Bridge if we fall asleep for a 10 minute period or so.

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Frankfurt look to me a good team but stretched to their limits and dead on their feet. My guess would be that they'll come out aggressive and desperate and will have little in the tank for the second half. We can be enough of a mess for that to be a problem, but I'm feeling somewhat confident we can do enough and especially with next Sunday now not really being of any consequence (I'd back Everton to beat Spurs anyway).

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49 minutes ago, thevelourfog said:

Frankfurt look to me a good team but stretched to their limits and dead on their feet. My guess would be that they'll come out aggressive and desperate and will have little in the tank for the second half. We can be enough of a mess for that to be a problem, but I'm feeling somewhat confident we can do enough and especially with next Sunday now not really being of any consequence (I'd back Everton to beat Spurs anyway).

Another Spurs then.

Yes - 2nd half should be very straight forward.

Finished 6-1 to Leverkusen who have been gaining on the Frankfurt for the 4th CL place for some time.  All the goals in the first 36 mins.
They still have 2 more league games to play with both teams on joint 4th with the goal difference having just narrowed from 15 goals better to just 5 goals.  (So fair play to Frankfurt and the manager for keeping it down to 6 for the last 54 mins - Two subs on 37 mins)
But there are another 3 clubs close behind them too.

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4 hours ago, thevelourfog said:

Frankfurt look to me a good team but stretched to their limits and dead on their feet. My guess would be that they'll come out aggressive and desperate and will have little in the tank for the second half. We can be enough of a mess for that to be a problem, but I'm feeling somewhat confident we can do enough and especially with next Sunday now not really being of any consequence (I'd back Everton to beat Spurs anyway).

Bound to happen when there's been so little rotation in the squad by the manager. Had heard their performances had wavered lately and checking the playing time across the squad it's clear to see why. 

12 players have played over 1200 league minutes. 2 have played over 900. The next best is 720 minutes, which is good enough for 15th most. 

No wonder they're dead on their feet at this stage of the season. Although, still not to be taken lightly going into the second leg, they still have the quality upfront to cause us some problems.

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Holymoly   

This season, in certain games, I've been unable to shake this image of the team in the changing room building each other up to be more and more confident to the point that complacency sets in. Hopefully the fact this is a semi final of a European tournament against a German side and not a run out against Huddersfield will mean this avoided but this season has been so inconsistent one remains fearful.

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