Pros 11.07.2019 — 15:47 Uhr

Loving football and scoring goals

05ers head coach Sandro Schwarz described his team’s performance in their 9-0 friendly victory against Eisbachtal as a “good performance.”

In 1. FSV Mainz 05’s second friendly of the pre-season, the 1,000 05ers fans in the Bruchweg stadium were treated to a impressive victory. In the friendly against Sportfreunde Eisbachtal, Mainz continued where they left off in the 12-0 win against FuPa Allstars Rheinhessen. The 05ers ran out 9-0 winners against the newly promoted Oberliga side and head coach Sandro Schwarz described the victory as “a good performance.”

In their opening friendly of the summer, ten of Mainz’s twelve goals came from academy players and Jonathan Burkardt impressed once more against Eisbachtal. The 19 year-old scored his second hat-trick in as many matches while Ridle Baku scored a brace to take his pre-season tally to five goals. Cyrill Akono scored his first goal for the club and played an important role as Eisbachtal conceded a second half own goal. Fellow new signing Dong-Won Ji also scored twice to complete the rout. According to the head coach, however, his side’s performance was more important than the final scoreline. Schwarz once again opted to include several academy players in his squad for the friendly, including 16 year-old Paul Nebel. “This was exactly what we wanted to achieve,” said Schwarz after the match. “Passing at pace, playing at a high tempo and with precision. We managed to achieve this well. We moved the ball well, found spaces on the pitch, developed joy playing football and scored goals. We have successfully learnt from our two weakest areas of playing the ball deep and counter attack after defending from the front. That was good and it was therefore a successful friendly.”

Learning from daily training exercises

Against the Rhineland regional champions, the 05ers showed what they had learnt from exercises practiced in each training session since the start of pre-season. Schwarz stressed that it is always good when a team brings what they have learnt into training. “However, you can also see little, individual steps of development regarding technique, precision and speed of passing. They’re simply doing some really good things. I’m pleased that the exercises we practice lead to goals on the pitch. That is really good.”

The result of enjoying playing, as shown in the first performance, is that it quickly becomes too demanding for the opponent. Eisbachtal lined up as a technically good team with discipline and a system. But when the 05ers attacked with plenty of speed and precision, employing deep passes and taking no individual risks, then there were chances – enough in both halves to make the scoreline even clearer.

Patterns and principles

However, the coach attached great importance to the patterns and principles that the group have developed in their attacking play. “Threatening the middle. If you have the flanks open, stay in the middle. If the middle is closed off, play the penultimate pass to the outside, then play the last pass across the full-back,” the 05ers’ coach explained. This worked well and meant that the defenders weren’t challenged. Robin Zentner, Finn Dahmen and Omer Hanin did not have the opportunity to show their strengths in the closing stages. In such games, the goalkeepers are integrated into snuffing out counter attacks or into build-up play, explained Schwarz. “It would do a lot of good, however, if we could line our friendly opponents up in such a way that the goalkeepers get something to do. In the training camp next week, Mainz’s opponents will become stronger anyway, with second-tier side Jahn Regensburg lying in wait among others.

Newcomers Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel and Edimilson Fernandes were rested against Eisbachtal. The new right-back sustained a blow in training, while Fernandes missed two training sessions to rest. “We have to see if Ronny can manage Saturday. We assume that Edimilson will make his first appearance,” said Schwarz. On Saturday (17:00 CEST), the 05ers play in Bretzenheim against SV Gonsenheim.