"Tomorrow we’ll get down to business"
As the Estepona sun set late on Sunday afternoon, the Zerofivers called it a day for their first winter break training session. Sandro Schwarz took the opportunity after a long day of travelling to express his first impressions of the training camp and talk about the plans he has for his squad in the coming days.
The training session on Sunday lasted for around an hour and acted as a sort of induction to the camp, with light ball drills and activation exercises. "We had a run out and created some atmosphere. Tomorrow we’ll get down to business," said the head coach. Schwarz was impressed with the facilities in Estepona: The pitch provided especially for Mainz is in pristine condition. Schwarz and his men have everything they need in order to train intensively and work hard until Sunday, the end goal being optimal preparation for the second half of the season, where Mainz want to take the next step.
The training programme
The topics of focus over the coming week have been defined by Schwarz and his coaching team: "We’ll begin tomorrow with a video meeting, with attacking play and play from deep in focus. After that we’ll have our first proper training session out on the pitch." At 10:30 CET, Monday morning’s session got underway, before a gym session in the afternoon. Alongside working on the attacking side of the game and the players’ fitness – the fundamental aspects of Mainz 05’s intensive training programme – defensive work must not be ignored. "On Thursday and Friday training will focus on defending in rows against backwards and sideways passes. We’ll be showing the players exactly what we want to see and what we expect using video-analysis," explained Schwarz.
For now, Sandro Schwarz will have to make do without Emil Berggreen (recovery training), Jonny Burkardt (thigh knock in the Marienborn friendly) and Moussa Niakhaté, who is expected to return during the training camp. On the plus side, Jean-Philippe Gbamin has recovered from his infection and has returned to training along with Phillipp Mwene, whose knee injury has fully healed.