Frankfurt were the better side- Peintinger

FC Internazionale v Eintracht Frankfurt - UEFA Europa League Round of 16: Second Leg
MILAN, ITALY - MARCH 14: Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt scores the opening goal during the UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg match between FC Internazionale and Eintracht Frankfurt at San Siro on March 14, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Eintracht Frankfurt assistant manager Christian Peintinger hailed his side as worthy winners over two legs after knocking Inter Milan out of the Europa League.

With the tie all square in Germany, the Bundesliga outfit made the most of their clean sheet at home by punishing the Italians on their patch.

In-form striker Luka Jovic didn’t disappoint as he got the all-important away goal just six minutes into the San Siro game.

However, Luciano Spalletti’s depleted squad fell like a pack of cards after the goal and couldn’t muster any response throughout the encounter.

“I think we deserved qualification over the two legs and we are very proud of the team,” said Peintinger in his Press conference via Football Italia, as Coach Adi Hutter was suspended.

“We knew Inter had some difficulties, but they are still a strong team on the European level and have players to compensate for some absences.

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“It was imperative to score a goal and fortunately we managed that straight away, then did well to keep the clean sheet.”

Peintinger reckoned it was a remarkable event in the club’s history and would be spurred on by this victory in the remainder of the tournament.

“Obviously, this is a special event for me and it feels wonderful to be on the touchline in these moments.

“I will always remember the celebrations at the final whistle in front of our fans. It was fantastic to have their support here.

“Meeting up with Hutter after the match was comparable to the moment the goal went in.”

Inter will take on rivals AC Milan in their next fixture, while Frankfurt will be in action against Nurenberg.


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