By Sam Stone

3rd May, 2022 | 10:10pm

West Ham opponents Eintracht Frankfurt 'ran 120 kilometers' in their weekend loss to Bayer Leverkusen

Eintracht Frankfurt ran ‘120km’ in their Bundesliga defeat to Bayer Leverkusen ahead of their Europa League second-leg against West Ham.

Despite making numerous changes to their starting line-up, Frankfurt made five substitutes in the away defeat.

According to head coach Oliver Glasner, his side exerted a lot of energy during the contest.

Glasner told Frankfurt’s official website: “You could see that the boys tried everything.

“I’m happy with the performance – we put a lot into it and ran almost 120 kilometers.”

Mind games

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Could this be mind games from the Frankfurt head coach?

Glasner made wholesale changes to his side heading into the Bundesliga fixture, with some of his key players making second-half cameos.

Glasner’s comments may need to be taken with a pinch of salt.

Frankfurt will be heading into the fixtures with much of their first-team rested ahead of the West Ham clash.

David Moyes’ side’s lack of depth was exposed yet again in their weekend defeat to Arsenal at the London Stadium.

Declan Rice and Jarrod Bowen both played 90 minutes, whilst Aaron Creswell was forced to play as a makeshift central defender.

If West Ham don’t qualify for the final in Sevilla, all fingers will be pointing at their lack of January business.

Considering the fantastic position they’ve put themselves in, it staggering that another central defender and striker were not acquired during the winter window.

They didn’t need to break the bank, they merely needed adequate competition to take some of the strain off of the likes of Michail Antonio, who has become the Hammers’ only out and out striker at present.

In other West Ham news, Emmanuel Longelo has shared what Mark Noble did after he made his debut that warmed his heart.

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