Summary

  • Jesus Vallejo shines in latest Frankfurt win.
  • Eagles up to third after beating Dortmund.
  • David Abraham and Niko Kovac named as key protagonists by Spanish defender.

Eintracht Frankfurt stole a march on Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 12 with a win which took them and not their guests into third place in the Bundesliga.

It was backs to the wall stuff for much of the 90 minutes at the Commerzbank Arena, but the resilient Eagles held firm for three important points which underline their high-flying credentials this season.

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19-year-old on-loan Real Madrid CF defender Jesus Vallejo played a key role in keeping Dortmund out and he spoke afterwards of a job well done and the strides both he and the club are making this season.

Frankfurt celebrate a 2-1 win over Dortmund which lifts them to third in the Bundesliga

Question: Jesus Vallejo, how important was this win for Eintract today?

Jesus Vallejo: It was a very important win and a reward for the hard work we are doing. Now we need to keep on working hard and not let up as we maintain this same concentration for our next game.

Question: Before the game, your coach Niko Kovac warned of the 'missiles' in the Dortmund attack. How did you manage to intercept these 'missiles'?

Jesus Vallejo: I think the coach has made the decisive contribution to how well things are going for us right now. He made the team feel he believed in us right from very start of pre-season and he always prepares us really well for our games and gives us important tips, which we follow. We always throw everything we've got into the mixer and we fought against Dortmund right down to the last seconds once again. You could see with the way the whole team celebrated Haris Seferovic's winner together what kind of team spirit we've got within the group.

"David Abraham's very important for me – he's like a big brother on and off the field." - Jesus Vallejo

Question: Was that your toughest challenge in the Bundesliga so far?

Jesus Vallejo: You simply cannot keep a team like Borussia Dortmund quiet for 90 minutes. Every challenge is difficult – some you win, some you lose. The important thing is that you always have another team-mate covering your back. We can be proud of what we've achieved against Dortmund – it really was a great team performance.

Watch: Match-winner Seferovic on beating Dortmund:

Question: In what areas have you improved most in the past few months under Kovac?

Jesus Vallejo: I've made improvements in all areas. For example: in how I read the game and anticipate game situations, or when you can take risks and when it's better to play a safe pass. I've also learnt how to stick to a line and with my fellow defenders. I've learnt a great deal from this coach and his staff, but also from David Abraham, who is always there to give me help and advice.

Jesus Vallejo admits that the experienced David Abraham (r.) is an important figure to him and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Question: How important is David Abraham to you and Frankfurt, then?

Jesus Vallejo: He's very important for me – he's like a big brother on and off the field. But I have to name Michael Hector in the same breath. It's just great to know that I can train with such central defenders every day – they are the best I have ever known in my career so far.

Question: What can Eintracht aim for in this season now?

Jesus Vallejo: We've just got to keep letting our self-confidence take us forward while also keeping our feet on the ground and not letting any league position distract us. We've got to stick to our tasks and try to keep this success going. So far, this attitude has served us very well.

Niko Kovac's contribution to Frankfurt's success has been significant, according to Jesus Vallejo.

Question: Did you imagine things going so well when you arrived here in the summer?

Jesus Vallejo: Whenever you arrive at a new club, you always give it everything you have got to make it a success. You don't have any 'what would have happened if?' thoughts. I just try to give it the best I can every day. Willingness to go above and beyond is not a tradeable commodity.

Question: How far can Eintracht go this season?

Jesus Vallejo: I don't think we need to set ourselves any limits, be it upwards or even downwards. We're just carrying on working and then we'll see what we get for it.

Tobias Schächter reporting from Frankfurt

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