Pros 11.08.2022 — 19:50 Uhr

Widmer: The fans can really help us

New captain hoping for a good atmosphere for the first home game of the season

Silvan Widmer has been in team training all week after missing the Bochum game to due illness.

Silvan Widmer feels that his team is on the right track ahead of the first home game of the season against 1. FC Union Berlin (Sunday, 15:30 CEST). “Our results have been positive, but we need to keep on improving,” said the full-back who missed the win in Bochum due to illness. The Swiss defender is fit again and excited for Sunday’s clash.

Mainz’s new captain had to watch the first league game of the season from his sofa at home, though he did wear the armband for the first time in a competitive game a week before in the Pokal at Aue. “I was really nervous at home. The team played really well in patches, but gave Bochum too much space at times.”

“Ultimately we came home with all three points,” said Widmer, who is satisfied with Mainz’s start to the season. “We can take a number of positives from the two wins, though we have plenty of room for improvement.” The next chance to get another victory comes on Sunday against the side from the capital. “Union Berlin are a different kettle of fish. They have a very settled team and they all know what their jobs are. We can’t afford to make any defensive errors and we have to be clinical in front of goal,” demanded the captain.

I'm expecting the fans to really push us on

Widmer is looking forward to playing at the MEWA Arena for the first time in 2021/22. “I’m expecting the fans to really push us on. They can really give us an additional boost, particularly when we’re tired or suffering from the heat,” stated the Switzerland international.

Widmer is excited for the first home game of the season.

Little has changed despite his new role

Getting to captain the Zerofivers this season is a great honour for Widmer and makes him extremely proud. “I will try to lead the team as best I can and help the lads with my experience. At the same time though, I don’t want to change or do anything differently to last year,” stated Widmer. “I don’t think a lot will change in comparison to last season. I tried to lead from the front, took on responsibility and played almost every game. It’s important that a number of players continue to take on responsibility, regardless of who is captain,” commented Mainz’s number 30.