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“Yes, we beat Barcelona and West Ham but we are not favourites” – Frankfurt boss Glasner

Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner knows his team has taken down big sides, particularly Spanish giants Barcelona and English side West Ham to reach Europa League final, but says they aren’t favourites against their final opponent, Rangers.

Frankfurt and Rangers will go head-to-head for the prestigious Europa League title at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on Wednesday night.

Frankfurt did not have a spectacular domestic campaign in the Bundesliga this season, as they finished 11th, but they produced sensational performances on the European scene to reach this final.

Glasner’s men notably knocked out favourites Barcelona and West Ham en route to the final. Rangers, meanwhile, defeated top German sides, Dortmund and RB Leipzig along the way.

Speaking on the favorite for the title ahead of the final, Glasner said: “No, We can not make such counterexamples because we can’t calculate things that way. When you win against the second and the fourth team in the Bundesliga to reach the final, you are also the favorite.

“I think it is not important who the favorite is. Both teams absolutely deserve to reach the final. We have thoroughly analyzed Rangers. I can see a mix of West Ham and Barcelona.

Rangers are in their first European final in 14 years and they have been guided here by Dutch manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst.

Glasner acknowledged his counterpart’s influence on the Scottish side and how good they are, but says his men “are very ready.”

“You can see the Dutch influence in how they play and how they hold the ball, the way they build the triangle,” Glasner said.

“You can also see this British mentality that they will bring on the day that is why we have to give our best but we are very ready for it and we feel very good.

“Both teams show that they play with great passion, support, and excitement. This is why I think the whole of Europe is excited about this final.”

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