He may have had to settle for a share of the spoils on his full debut for the club, but Marco Fabian put in another impressive display for Eintracht Frankfurt in the goalless draw at FC Augsburg.
In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com following the Matchday 19 stalemate, the Mexico international reveals how he's settled in at Frankfurt, shares his thoughts on friend and team-mate Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez and the upcoming Superbowl...
bundesliga.com: How happy are you with your first starting performance in the Bundesliga?
Marco Fabian: I’m happy to have played my first game from the start here in the Bundesliga. It was a difficult game. We knew it’d be an interesting match; Augsburg are tough at home. But we played well, showed our character and the effort the whole team put in was good.
bundesliga.com: It was a big fight today. Did you have to change your game for the Bundesliga?
Fabian: (Laughs) I knew that you have to fight throughout every game. The intensity and the level of play is high here; you have to fight and win your challenges. But I’m adapting increasingly well and getting used to the rhythm of the game here. I’m happy because I felt very good today.
bundesliga.com: It looks like you have integrated very well. How do you feel in Frankfurt?
'It's important to me that 'Chicharito' is here'
Fabian: Good, I feel really good about everything. Life is good, which is the most important thing, and the people and the club are treating me very well and my team-mates are great human beings. I’m adapting increasingly well, understanding everything and that helps me to do well out on the pitch.
Fabian: Yes, they’ve been a big help. David and Carlos are great team-mates and have helped me a lot, especially with the language. I can understand more and more but I haven’t been here long. With their help I’m understanding things better. They’re helping me with everything and that’s helped me feel more comfortable here.
bundesliga.com: Your friend Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez scored twice today [in Bayer 04 Leverkusen's 3-0 win over Hannover 96]. What do you make of his performances in the Bundesliga?
Fabian: I’ve been speaking to 'Chicha', he’s a great friend and team-mate. We grew up together and now that I’m here it’s important to me to be in contact with him, to be close to him and that he’s doing well.
bundesliga.com: The Superbowl is coming up with Carolina Panthers against the Denver Broncos. Who do you think will win?
Fabian: I really like American Football and I think in the Superbowl the Broncos have a better chance of winning. I prefer the way they play, but ever since I was born my team has been the San Francisco 49ers.
Marco Fabian was speaking to Felix Seaman-Höschele