Before the Eintracht players got to work at the start of an important week, the coach was the centre of attention.

The players had not forgotten their boss’ birthday and serenaded him with a spontaneous, witty song at quarter to 11. David Abraham, Branimir Hrgota and Sebastian Rode were not among the well-wishers as they trained individually on Monday morning, while Lucas Torró joined in with the fitness part of the session before returning to his individual programme. However, January signing Tuta was among the group of 19 outfield players who, together with the three goalkeepers and goalkeeping coach ‘Moppes’ Petz, spent a long time working on passing drills.

In view of the hectic fixture schedule that the Eagles are in the midst of, the tempo was not quite at maximum level, but there is enough time for that on Tuesday and Wednesday before the trip to Kharkiv for Thursday’s UEFA Europa League round of 32 first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk. Eintracht then return to Bundesliga action on Sunday (kick-off 15:30 CET) when Borussia Mönchengladbach visit Frankfurt.