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Frankfurt coach Glasner likes Spain for the tapas

The Europa League final features Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers in Seville, Spain. Eintracht are undefeated in the last five games in Spain.

Jennifer Bubel
Update:

The Europa League final is upon us as Eintracht Frankfurt and Rangers make their last-minute preparations ahead of the game at Estadio Ramos Sanchez-Pizjuan in Seville, Spain.

The two teams are both rather unexpected, as neither has competed at this level of a European competition for years. There’s a lot at stake - the winner will be given a place in the Champions League group stage next season.

Eintracht are undefeated in the last five games they’ve played in Spain. They beat both Real Betis and Barcelona away from home this season as well.

“It’s our third game here in Spain, but our first two matches were against Spanish teams,” said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. “And now we play against a Scottish team. We won the first two games, so yes, we come here with a good feeling.”

The German side are in 11th place in the Bundesliga and Rangers are in second in the Scottish Professional Football League.

Glasner spoke highly of Spain and Seville, saying the soccer field is always “perfectly prepared” and calling the stadiums “fantastic”. But it’s not just playing the game here that Glasner likes.

“I always like to come to Spain because I like the food, the tapas,” he said. “I would go back to Spain in one month for a vacation. I like being in Spain.” If Eintracht wins, surely Glasner will be celebrating with some patatas bravas and sangria.

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