Pros 21.03.2021 — 19:03 Uhr


Zerofivers gain further self-confidence for upcoming tasks / Schmidt: "Everything remains very close in the table".

Joy at the moment, but focus on the tasks ahead: Robert Glatzel gave Mainz the lead after 27 seconds.

Robert Glatzel's debut in the starting eleven could not have gone much better. It took the Mainz attacker just 27 seconds to score the opening goal in the match at TSG Hoffenheim, his second goal in the red and white kit of the Zerofivers. The 27-year-old initiated a convincing 94 minutes to the away victory of his team, in which the Rheinhessen knew how to please, fighting against the ball, but also in the offensive game - and are now in 15th place in the table. "Great performance, great result, but we mustn't think that anything has been achieved now," said Glatzel after the game.

The Zerofivers have not taken anything more than another step in the fight to stay out of the relegation zone with the 2-1 victory, which Dominik Kohr provided with his header before the break, as sporting director Martin Schmidt also noted: "Everything remains very close in the table, after the international break there will be more important games, but today we have gained more self-confidence.

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Martin Schmidt: "Of course, we started the game very well with the goal and had other top-class chances afterwards. After the break, we had to get through the initial phase, in which our opponents were very good and pressured. Then we were able to gradually break away and had several great chances again. We could have spared our nerves a bit there. It was a hotly contested game until the end, but we were active and concentrated at all times. We can certainly work on the way we use our chances. But the Mainz virtues, chasing the ball, pressing, winning the ball a lot. The fighting spirit and the will to keep your heart on the pitch in every game is what characterises us and was also the case today. With the victory, we have rewarded ourselves for a very good away game."

Robert Glatzel: "It has to continue like this and that's what we'll do. The crucial thing is that we first deliver more than all the other teams in terms of running and fighting. Then we will have the quality to play good football. If we bring this basis onto the pitch like we did today, we have a good chance of staying in the league.

Dominik Kohr: "We started really well today and then took the lead early. We could have extended it in the first five minutes, but we didn't manage it. We knew that Hoffenheim is a strong team and can let us go, but we held our own and showed a great reaction after conceding the goal. Overall, it was a deserved victory for us. We implemented Bo's plan well, we were aggressive and fierce in the battles. If we had been more ice-cold in front of goal, we could have won the game by more. Scoring goals is not usually my job, but of course I'm happy if I could help the team with that."