Eintracht Frankfurt chairman Heribert Bruchhagen admitted yesterday's 2-0 defeat to Cologne was the lowest ebb in his seven-and-a-half year reign. The defeat saw Frankfurt drop into the bottom two of the Bundesliga with just one game of the season remaining.
They must now spoil the title celebrations of Borussia Dortmund at the Westfalenstadion next weekend to have any chance of staying up and Bruchhagen admitted he had rarely felt so bad.
"It is certainly the most depressing moment that I have experienced in the last seven and a half years at Eintracht," he told Liga Total television. "It is not only I who feels this way, though, but also the players and the fans. We have hit rock bottom. That was really bitter today."
Nevertheless, Bruchhagen has not given up hope on turning things around on the final day of the season, even if his side must hope that both Borussia Monchengladbach and Wolfsburg fail to win their final games.
"It would be fatal to spend all week resigned and depressed," he added. "It is our duty and our responsibility to do all we can to lift the players again and make it clear to them that we still have a chance."
Unrest from the home supporters at the end of the game had to be calmed by Frankfurt president Peter Fischer. The players re-emerged to the insults of the fans while, in the other dressing room, Cologne were celebrating a win which secured their Bundesliga status for another year.
"Just because of a few Frankfurt idiots, we had to end our party," said Lukas Podolski. "For something like this to happen is very bitter for football."