Head coach Armin Veh, for one, was keen to curb expectations at the beginning of the season, however, carefully pointing out that the club's European commitments could inadvertently affect their domestic goals. bundesliga.com takes a look back at the Eagles' campaign...
As it transpired, an opening day 6-1 hammering at Hertha Berlin set the tone for a season which would largely be spent on the brink of the relegation zone. The Eagles' inability to win at home made for a difficult first season-half in particular, but any concern about the possible negative effect of Veh's announcement, made at the start of March, that he would be stepping down come the end of the campaign, proved unfounded as the team gathered the requisite points in the final straight to lift them to lower mid-table safety, just before push came to shove. With Veh returning to his old stomping ground at VfB Stuttgart, long-time SV Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf will be the new man in charge next time around.
Despite that traumatic start in the capital, went on to have an excellent season between the posts for Frankfurt. The 23-year-old keeper's consistency, coupled with one of the division's highest shot-stopping returns at just under 70 per cent - three penalties included - proved key to the Eagles' revival as they gradually hauled themselves clear of the danger zone.
Signed from 1899 Hoffenheim on loan, spent much of the early part of the season on the bench before being given an extended run in the first team. The former Spain Under-21 international needed just 18 starting appearances to finish the campaign as Eintracht's top scorer on nine goals. The former Real Madrid CF man also chipped in with two assists and carved out 91 scoring opportunities overall.
"The only thing that matters today is that we won. Full-stop, end of story," Veh succinctly summarised after the 1-0 win against Hertha Berlin that lifted Frankfurt two points clear of the relegation zone as the post-winter break action got underway on Matchday 18. It was also their first maximum haul of the entire season on home turf.
It may not have been spectacular, but Matchday 16's 1-0 win at Bayer Leverkusen was as crucial as it was unexpected. Marco Russ's 61st-minute winner against the hosts, themselves riding high in second place at that juncture, brought a timely end to a ten-game winless streak for Veh's charges with the mid-season break fast approaching, setting the tone for a successful 2014.