“We’ll need everything that we’ve got”
The Liverpool game can’t serve as a template for Mainz’s tactics against Bayern – Schwarz: “That would be our first big mistake”
You could see Bayern in one of two ways following their Champions League exit against Liverpool midweek: they could be frustrated, or they could be particularly motivated. The record champions face Mainz at home this Sunday (18:00 CET).
Sandro Schwarz hasn’t been thinking about Bayern’s previous game: “Bayern have absolutely top players who want to become German champions for the seventh time in a row. We won’t think about their mental situation, we’ll just try to adjust to play at their individual level. We’ll need everything that we’ve got there.”
Schwarz congratulated his former colleagues and coach for the win in Munich on Wednesday evening, and sent a text to Jürgen Klopp: “It’s not like I got a PowerPoint presentation from Kloppo.” To assume that Mainz just have to do what Liverpool did against Bayern would be a fatal mistake, according to the boss. “Our first big mistake would be to try to do what Liverpool did there. It’s clear that you can analyse and take something from the game, but we can’t use it as a template.” The reason why is easy: “You can’t draw comparisons between world-class players individually and Bundesliga players that we have.” The head coach has looked at certain parts of the Liverpool game, alongside Bayern’s last few Bundesliga games in order to build up a complete picture.
Twelve victories for Bayern
“We need to ignore their Champions League exit. We have to concentrate on the fact that Bayern have made up a lot of ground in the Bundesliga in recent weeks – they have beaten Berlin, Gladbach and Wolfsburg. They are a fantastic side,” said Schwarz. Following their 6-0 victory over VfL Wolfsburg, Niko Kovac’s men knocked BVB off top spot last weekend and recorded their twelfth win in their last thirteen league games. “It is a fantastic record. We know what is ahead of us,” explained the head coach.
“We need to put in a good performance off the ball in all areas of the pitch, be brave and bold in possession, and be clinical in transitions and be effective,” underlined Schwarz as the ways Mainz can earn a possibility to take something away from the clash. “We need to give everything that we have up our sleeves – performance, intensity, readiness, resistance and stability. You need a quality goalkeeper, a bit of luck, a positive game plan and a lot of efficiency. You need to do everything at a high level.” One also hopes that Bayern don’t play to their full potential.
We need to be prepared for everything
Mainz have two training sessions left ahead of Sunday’s trip to Munich. For Schwarz, that means two more chances to work tactically and on team formations.
On Friday, Schwarz kept his team news and match strategy a secret. “We will work out a plan and then decide on the players that will suit it the best. We have to defend well as a team, be prepared for everything and bring elements into the game that force them into defending,” said the coach. “Then we’ll see what happens on Sunday.”