Pros 08.04.2019 — 16:43 Uhr

Rouven Schröder: "He has an excellent engine"

Lots of praise for Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jean-Paul Boëtius. The former scored a hattrick whilst the latter scored and assisted twice in the 5-0 victory over Freiburg.

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On Matchday 28, Mainz 05 won their first game after losing four games and also raised the overall morale throughout the club. The superb 5-0 victory over SC Freiburg enabled the Zerofivers to now boast 33 points and sit in twelfth in the table. Friday evening was a party for the Mainz forwards in the Opel Arena. Jean-Philippe Mateta and Jean-Paul Boëtius both put in man of the match performances.

Eight games, a victory against Schalke, seven losses and now a spectacular 5-0 victory over Freiburg. The elder Zerofivers fans may remember a similar run of games in the 2004/05 season, when Jürgen Klopp and his Mainz team went eight games without a win, before beating Freiburg 5-0, followed by a  draw with Werder Bremen, who were at the time fighting for the title with Bayern and Schalke. This could be a good omen with the Zerofivers facing Dortmund on Saturday, who are fighting for the title with Bayern. “A big task”, said Rouven Schröder. “After such a good victory, the team are full of confidence and ready to give their all again.”

“I was wishing that the ball was going to go in”

It was Boëtius, who took the lead for the home side last Friday. The Dutchman pounced on a poor clearance from the Freiburg goalkeeper, and shot first time from around 40 yards out into an empty net. “It wasn’t easy. He had to be alert or he wouldn’t have been able to score from their with a first time finish,” explained the sporting director after the game. “I was wishing that the ball was going in, especially after I hit it well,” said Boëtius, whose nickname at Mainz is now ‘Changa’. Schröder was very happy with the Dutchman’s performance and said: “You have to say he was brilliant and has an excellent engine in him. He needs to keep showing it.” An example of this was his first assist, when he tackled a Freiburg player on the edge of his own area, before springing with the ball into the opponents half and playing a nice through ball into Mateta, who scored. “Of course it was a great finish from Mateta, but if Boëtius doesn’t make his superb run, then Mateta wouldn’t have scored. Although he has a relaxed aurora around him, we know he can do this every week and maybe even better.”

Boëtius was there to speak about the best game he has played in a Mainz shirt: “I am always there, to score a goal or provide an assist.” Currently, he has four goals to his name at Mainz. “In attack he was very good but he can still improve his defensive game,” said the Mainz head coach Sandro Schwarz.

On par with Kruse

With Mateta’s three goals, he finds himself on par with Werder’s Max Kruse, Augsburg’s Alfred Finnbogason and Hertha Berlin’s Ondrej Duda. “It was a special game to score three goals but also a relief,” explained the Frenchman because the team had not won and he had not scored recently. It was his first hattrick in a long time and so he was very happy: “Maybe when I was 16 or 17, I can’t remember exactly but I did against Le Havre in the French Cup.”

Mateta had a lot to thank his teammate: “Changa is a great player and he gave me a lot of good passes today. I hope that we can keep playing together.”