Ahead of the first Hesse derby between Eintracht Frankfurt and SV Darmstadt 98 in over 30 years, Lilies captain Aytac Sulu spoke exclusively to bundesliga.com about the club's impressive start to the campaign, his own fine form and Sunday's regional showdown.
bundesliga.com: Mr Sulu, if someone had told you last Christmas that you’d captain the Lilies in the first Hesse derby in over 30 years, what would you have said?
Aytac Sulu: I would have told you it could happen on the Play-Station, but certainly not in real life! Seriously, though, it’s incredible that this derby is back - for Darmstadt, for Hesse as a whole, and the club and its fans.
bundesliga.com: Your current points tally of 15 from 14 matches has exceeded most people’s expectations. Are you surprised by how well Darmstadt have done?
Sulu: No, I’m not surprised. I knew we had the quality to pick up points in the Bundesliga. I’m convinced that every single one of our players is good enough to play in this league - and do well. The 15 points we’ve collected reflects our togetherness and the hard work we put in on a daily basis.
bundesliga.com: You yourself have been one of the top defenders in the division so far this term…
Sulu: Well, if I thought I wasn’t good enough for this league I’d have packed it all in (laughs).