Schwarz: “We’re in a great position”
8-0 win against SV Gonsenheim to round off the first stage of pre-season. New emphases from Monday in Grassau training camp
Mainz 05 produced another dominant result in their third summer pre-season match and impressed on the pitch. Sandro Schwarz’s team beat fifth-tier side SV Gonsenheim 8-0 in the last match ahead of their departure to Grassau. The Zerofivers will travel with 29 players to Bavaria, where the team are set to work on many diverse aspects of their game for one week as well as playing matches against Spanish second-tier side Rayo Vallecano and Jahn Regensburg.
A dozen goals against the Rhine Hesse XI to begin, followed by nine goals against Sportfreunde Eisbachtal and now an 8-0 win against Gosenheim. “Three games, 29 goals. Not bad,” said the Zerofivers coach after the final whistle at the district athletic ground in Bretzenheim. “We were able to really put the game to bed. We’re in a great position now after two weeks.” A positive to take from this third match was again that the reduced Mainz squad with solid players from the club’s own academy approached the match with great intensity against the strongest opponents so far.
Patterns become established
Patterns are becoming established, especially in attack. It wasn’t easy for the Mainz team against Gosenheim, who made it hard for the Zerofivers to break through at times with their tactical organisation, their high-pressing and fast-moving defence and their solid midfield, but Mainz managed to break through with some beautifully crafted attacks. “It’s all about threatening in the middle. When that’s closed off, we’ll go down the wings,” explains the Mainz coach. “We launched a lot of great attacks, but there were also periods in between during which we were lacking pace and accuracy. Nevertheless, it was a fantastic attacking game from us with good movement and especially impressive pressing in defence. We only allowed our opponents one dangerous counterattack."
As well as the attacking game, the coach has also worked hard with the squad in these first two weeks of training on the fundamentals including fitness, says the 40-year-old. “Now we have the first stage of pre-season behind us and it was very intense. We begin the next one on Monday, where we want to focus on some different aspects of our game and of course put them into practice against Rayo Vallecano and Jahn Regensburg, who will both help us work on other aspects of our game. A few of the players will get more game time and it will be important for the new players stepping up to integrate and to develop as individual players,” says Schwarz.
Impressive academy players
For Florian Müller, Aarón, Moussa Niakhaté and Jean-Philippe Mateta, who have been at the U21 Euro championship, pre-season preparations will officially commence in Grassau. Levin Öztunali will join on Thursday. Kunde Malong and Jean-Philippe Gbamin have holiday time after being knocked out of the Africa Cup of Nations and will join the team after the training camp. The team is currently joined by four academy players, namely Erkan Eyibil, Niklas Kölle, Paul Nebel and Merveille Papela.
News Detail“I told them that they present themselves well and they show a great level of quality on the pitch as well,” says the Zerofivers coach. Edimilson Fernandes, who is currently ill, is sitting out along with the injured Ronaël Pierre-Gabriel. Both will rejoin the team in Grassau. The Zerofivers elected to once against visit the town near to Lake Chiemsee as they did two years ago. “The short distances there are always important. There are two pitches and good facilities,” says Schwarz. “We have good memories of this place so it was always clear that we would like to return, given the opportunity.”