The Foals were bottom of the Bundesliga until recently, but now appear to be on the mend thanks to a stirring three-match winning run.
'We don’t need to hide'
"We're bang in form and confidence is really high," Wendt told club website borussia.de. "Last season we drew 0-0 in Frankfurt and lost 3-1 at home. Games against Eintracht have always been close, and it’ll be the same on Saturday. We've definitely got a tough game ahead of us, but we don’t need to hide. We’re going to Frankfurt to win."
A few weeks ago, Wendt might not have been so optimistic. After losing their first five matches of the new Bundesliga campaign, rock-bottom Gladbach had to digest the unexpected news of Lucien Favre's decision to resign as head coach. Confidence levels were at an all-time low, but the Rhineland club’s flagging fortunes have since been transformed under caretaker boss Andre Schubert.
"If I'd known what the problem was, there's no way we'd have have lost the first five games," Wendt explained. "What I can say, though, is that we've done everything we can as a team to turn it around. Bit by bit and with each win, we've got our self-belief back. We'd been lacking that. We've shown what we can do and we have to build on that in the coming weeks."
'Focus on our games'
The benchmark set following a trio of expressive and gallant wins over FC Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart and VfL Wolfsburg, it is hardly surprising that five-time Bundesliga winners Gladbach are breathing such confident air. The Foals have been unrecognisable from the side that suffered a succession of limp defeats earlier in the campaign, and Wendt, for one, cannot wait to get back on the horse now the international break is over.
"I think international breaks are more important for the head than the body," he opined, himself having been overlooked for Sweden's final UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers. "Obviously it’s a strain to play every three days, but it's no problem for me. I think every footballer would rather play than train. That's why we're going to make the most of playing in all three competitions in the coming weeks […] There's no point complaining about injuries. We just have to focus on preparing for our games."