'I wasn't surprised': Frankfurt manager makes controversial claim about Rangers fans during EL final
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner said his side’s fans were louder than Glasgow Rangers supporters during the Europa League final last night.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst came agonisingly close to delivering the the biggest honour in the history of the Ibrox club, but Rangers were defeated 5-4 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in 120 minutes.
The Europa League will not be heading back to Scotland and Ryan Kent’s missed opportunity deep into stoppage time will linger in the memory for years to come.
Glasner made the controversial claim after the match, which was played out in front of a stadium three-quarters full with Rangers fans.
Glasner says Frankfurt fans were louder than Rangers’
As per Yahoo, he said: “The spirit developed, today we had players who weren’t eligible for Europe but they were never negative, they were not selfish, they did everything for success.
“That’s why I wasn’t surprised that even when it was difficult, our fans were louder than Rangers’ and they pushed us forward.
“This year started difficult, but the players kept believing in themselves, what we told them, what we trained.
“I told the players the most important thing is that the referee doesn’t stress us, we have to control rhythm and I said just go do your thing like we’ve done so far, and that’s it.”
There were some heroic performances last night, not least from Calvin Bassey, who was described as ‘phenomenal’ by Ally McCoist on BT Sport.
A draw was probably a fair result on the night but Rangers looked the fitter and stronger as the game wore on and should have won it late on through Kent.
The atmosphere was incredible, and Glasner is just trying to talk up his own supporters post-match in the glow of a famous win.
Rangers fans dominated the stadium in terms of numbers and noise but it just was not to be in the end, with Aaron Ramsey missing the crucial spot-kick.
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