Following Eintracht Frankfurt’s first training session after three days off, Jetro Willems spoke to the media about the Eagles’ start to the campaign and their aims for the season.

Jetro, you have just had three days off - what did you get up to?
“It was very nice to be able to relax in the company of my family. After three days off I feel a lot more refreshed than before.”

How did the first training session of the week go?
“It was a bit cold (laughs). Seriously though, it was great being back on the training pitch and working with my team-mates ahead of the return to domestic action.”

What do you make of upcoming opponents FC Augsburg?

“We’ve got eight more games between now and the end of the year. It was hard work getting ourselves into such a strong position in the table. It’s going to be interesting. There was a bit more pressure on us last year, but we’re a lot more consistent this year and are winning a lot of games - like at Freiburg, where we hadn’t managed to win previously. Everything is possible and we’re really enjoying what we’re doing.”

Do you think Eintracht are capable of holding onto fourth place?

“Why not? We must be allowed to dream. We reached the final of the DFB Cup twice in a row. That was a dream too and we ended up winning the cup.”

Where does your optimism come from?
“There are several clubs who were expected to do much better than us but are currently worse off in the table. A lot is possible with the depth and quality of our squad. Two years ago we were 11th, then we were eighth and now we’re fourth. Of course, the expectations automatically grow when you’re doing well, but this kind of pressure is much better than if we were stuck near the bottom of the table.”

What do you make of Adi Hütter’s methods?

“It’s a bit different to last season, but I like his methods. Our training sessions last year were very thorough, but now they’re shorter and more intense. It’s great - our success speaks for itself.”

How do you assess your current role in the team?

“We’ve got a lot of games, sometimes three a week, so it’s impossible for a player to play every game - that would be too much. I’m getting minutes under my belt and am trying to make the most of my opportunities in order to put myself in the frame for further appearances.”