Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner says his team have done their homework on Rangers and he sees the Ibrox side as “a mixture of West Ham and Barcelona”.
Glasner has guided his team past both David Moyes’ English Premier League side and the Catalan giants on the road to Wednesday’s Europa League final in Seville.
He sees traits from both teams in Giovanni van Bronkhorst’s Rangers team, as well as a clear influence from the manager.
“We have analysed Rangers and they are a mixture of West Ham and Barcelona, and you can see the Dutch influence, the way they play, the way they play in triangles,” Glasner said.
“James Tavernier is also top scorer in the Europa League so that shows he runs a lot.
“They’re always ready and show this readiness to defend but to also go forward.
“They play very fast football so this is how they score a lot of goals.
“Like West Ham they can cross the ball very quickly. They scored like that against Braga and Leipzig.
“They also have the British mentality so we need to have a top performance tomorrow. We are ready and in great shape.”
The Austrian wouldn’t put much stock in who was regarded as pre-match favourites but believes that, on paper, Rangers’ victories over Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig should be taken into account since his side trailed both by a distance in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt’s European form has been of a higher level than their domestic results though, and Glasner wants one last effort from his players as they aim to lift the trophy.
“We will play with lots of enthusiasm and the whole of Europe is looking forward to this match,” he said.
“Europa League games have become bigger and bigger in the last couple of months
“I am very proud of my players and what they have achieved in last two months.
“Everything has been fine so far, training has been very good, we are concentrated, focused but we are also relaxed. I am relaxed and really excited about tomorrow.”