Take this good feeling all the way to Augsburg
The Zerofivers’ preparations for Sunday’s clash against FC Augsburg are in full swing and what’s more Bell and Muto are back in training!
After having Wednesday off, 1. FSV Mainz 05 were back in training on Thursday to begin preparations for their next match away to Augsburg on matchday 31 in the Bundesliga. The match will kick off at 15:30 CEST against Augsburg who currently sit eleventh in the table on 37 points. Thanks to the 2-0 home win against SC Freiburg on Monday night, Mainz have climbed out of the relegation places and will be looking to build on that performance against Augsburg. “We haven’t achieved anything yet,” declared René Adler. “We still need to win games to secure our safety, we are all very clear on that and it’s evident out on the training pitch. We want to take this good feeling all the way to Augsburg. We will be sure to keep working hard towards our goal because we want to take points away from Augsburg,” said the Zerofivers’ keeper.
The injury list is also starting to improve slowly. “There are more and more players coming back to the training pitch,” said Mainz coach Schwarz after Thursday’s training session. Yoshinori Muto and Stefan Bell, who didn’t feature in the starting XI last time round were back taking part in a large part of team training, completing everything up until a contact-heavy match played on a smaller pitch. “We will have to see how they coped and the same goes for Leon Balogun,” said Schwarz. The centre-back suffered bruised ribs during the game against Freiburg and was only able to complete a part of team training. Emil Berggreen is still suffering from muscular problems, however head coach Schwarz is hoping that he will be able to complete his first session back on Friday.
"Everyone needs to fight for every ball"
Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Suat Serdar and Danny Latza, who all gave battling performances on Monday night, did not take part in Thursday’s training session due to fatigue. The Mainz coaching staff analysed the footage from Monday night focusing on ball retention, playing out from the back and chance creation. “Maintaining our grip and defending from the front are still our main aims,” explained the 39-year-old. “We can’t let our intensity drop. After a win especially we can’t let it drop an inch, we need to carry on as we have done in the last three games.” In these last three, Mainz have drawn two and won one, with the players' passion and drive being a big reason for them picking up these points.
“The mentality that we have shown in the last few games has been crucial,” said Latza, who impressed against Freiburg with his tireless work in the middle of the park. “We have certainly been more stable since the international break. Our mentality is great. Everyone is fighting for every ball and in the last few games it has been clear just how hard everyone is willing to battle. We simply can’t let up now,” continued the midfielder. “Against Freiburg we took an important step in the right direction and so now we have managed to put a bit of distance between us and the direct relegation places. Now we just need to continue in the same vein against Augsburg.”