Pros 21.05.2023 — 19:10 Uhr

Dahmen: “Frustration is the overriding emotion”

Reaction to 4-1 defeat against Stuttgart

It was an emotional goodbye for Finn Dahmen who is leaving Mainz after 15 years at the club.

It’s now four defeats on the spin for Mainz after they were beaten by relegation strugglers Stuttgart on matchday 33 of the 2022/23 Bundesliga season. Although the Zerofivers had their moments, they were ultimately let down by some careless errors at the back and their failure to take their chances at the top of the pitch.

Reaction from the MEWA ARENA

Finn Dahmen: “I of course wanted to leave the club with a win and a clean sheet. Unfortunately the complete opposite happened, so frustration is the overriding emotion. Nevertheless, it was great that I could play in this stadium and be cheered on by the fans for one final time. That gave me goosebumps. It was obviously difficult for me to enjoy it after the game. However, the long time I have spent here has shaped me and I have met some great people. In a few days I’m sure I’ll only look back on my time here in a positive light.”

Martin Schmidt: “The game was ok for long stretches, we started well and we took the lead. In the next phase, we failed to go one better and find the second and we became a bit passive. We conceded three incredible goals which is indicative of our current situation. It was too easy and we didn’t defend very well. That’s why we’re losing games and why we’ve conceded 13 in our last 4.”

Karim Onisiwo: “My contract extension was the most positive thing to happen today. I’m really happy that that has come to pass. The results over the past week have put a bit of a downer on the mood but we can’t forget that it certainly hasn’t been a bad season overall. You can see the potential for development we have in the coming years. If you look at the last four games we haven’t lost anything at the very top. We need to analyse this and do better in the future when we find ourselves in that position again.”

Stefan Bell: “I think we started well today, we had some good moments and won the ball quite high up the pitch. We didn’t get too much out of it but we still managed to take the lead. Their equaliser before the break was unfortunate. It was uneventful in the second half until the set-piece that we didn’t defend very well. That tipped the game in Stuttgart’s favour and we weren’t very good at all in the final half an hour. In recent weeks, it has far too often been the case that we have given away chances too easily. The last few weeks don’t fit in with the season as a whole but all things considered, our points tally is pretty good.”