Head coach Adi Hütter reflects on Eintracht’s training camp, provides an injury update and looks ahead to the second half of the season.

Adi, after eight days in Florida the training camp is coming to an end. What did you make of it?
“To start with the positives, the players have done very well – as they have in every training camp during my time here as coach. We were able to work on our basic shape and practised tactical variations in training. The injuries to Daichi Kamada and Gelson Fernandes are obviously bad news. We’re annoyed about those. Gelson will be out for at least three months, while Daichi still needs further tests.”

How do you assess your time and the conditions in the USA in general?

“We were in very good hands in Florida. We had brilliant facilities at the IMG Academy, great pitches and a good hotel. It was all very positive.”

How did you perceive the players’ attitude?
“I thought it was very positive. The players were eager and committed in training. You could feel the lads were pleased to finally be able to work together again for a lengthy period of time. With the number of games in the last few months, that hasn’t always been the case. We could clearly feel the positive energy of the players and it was a lot of fun to watch them on the pitch.”

What are your plans for the next few days before you return to action?

“We will train one more time after landing back in Frankfurt on Saturday morning. The players will then be given two days off until Tuesday before we start focussing on preparations for Hoffenheim.”