The head coach reflects on the second training camp, and gives us a few insights into managing the heavy workload as well as an update on two returning players.

Adi, the second training camp has come to an end. How was it for you?
We had absolutely ideal conditions with great pitches, everything close to hand and a lovely hotel. The squad also evolved during the training camp. Seppl Rode and Martin Hinteregger joined, Jetro Willems moved on. The main thing though is that, apart from Ante Rebic who has a few back problems, we’ve managed to remain free from injuries. Overall I’m very satisfied with how the second training camp went.

You mentioned the two new arrivals. How surprised are you with the progress that Sebastian Rode has made?
I have to admit that yes, I’ve been very surprised. I expected him to need more time, but anyone who knows Sebastian Rode knows how ambitious he is and how hard he’d push himself to be able to get back into action as quickly as possible. It’s surprising, but in a very positive way. He’s definitely on the right track both physically and in footballing terms. The pleasure you get from being able to do ball work and train with the team after being out injured for so long is written all over his face. He’s going to be a valuable addition for us.

What impression has Martin Hinteregger had on you?

We know how relieved and pleased he was to be back with us because he said so in the stadium. He feels at home in Frankfurt, even though he’s only been an Eintracht player for three-and-a-half months. He’s won over the fans because he’s an uncomplicated lad whose heart’s very much in the right place. It’s good for him to be able to settle down with a club, and at the end of the day, we’re that club. The main thing though is that he can concentrate on his football once again, and he’s in exactly the right place to do that here with us. I’m convinced that he will soon be putting in the kind of performances that we’ve come to expect from him.