FSV mainz 05 and bayer leverkusen can quickly make amends after their defeats in recent compulsory matches.
"When we’ve played like we did in heidenheim, it’s good to get right back into the game. The focus is on mainz," said bayer head coach peter bosz ahead of today’s match (20:00).30 o’clock/eurosport).
Neither had been convincing lately. The werkself was knocked out of the cup by the baden-wurttemberg second-division soccer team with a score of 1:2 on tuesday. Last sunday, the mainz team played its worst league match of the season at FC augsburg (0:3).
Bayer 04 got off to a good start in the second half of the season with two wins and one defeat under the new dutch coach, and recently scored a surprise coup in the league with a 3:1 win over record champions bayern munchen. With a win in mainz, the leverkusen team, which has to fear for the deployment of national player kai havertz, would climb to a european cup spot for at least one night. "Thinking about the table position doesn’t do us any good," said bosz.
With their eighth win of the season, eleventh-placed mainz could draw level on points with bayer (30 points) and thus move closer to the european starting positions. "We want to be handy. When we have the ball, we want to try to avoid losing the ball ourselves and create our own attacks and create a scoring threat," announced mainz coach sandro schwarz. At the same time, he warned ahead of the "carnival home game," in which his players will play with specially designed jerseys: "of course, we don’t want to present ourselves in a carnival-like manner on the court."