Ahead of the game in Stuttgart on Friday night, Mainz coach Bo Svensson criticized himself by reviewing the last 1-1 draw against Cologne. But he also clearly expects more from his team.
Mainz coach Bo Svensson sees one of three yellow cards in the 1: 3 for Dortmund on Matchday 8. photo alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS
05 Coach Bo Svensson expressly demands aggressiveness and intensity, the often-cited inherent virtues of Mainz, from his professionals for the next duel at VfB Stuttgart. On the one hand a banality, but on the other hand also a well-founded reference. Because: In the recent 1-1 draw against Cologne, Svensson (not only) missed those same qualities in the 05ers. The game, according to the football teacher, is therefore appropriate “to refresh the order of priorities”. And: “You learn from positive achievements, but I hope even more from weaker achievements. Specifically, he said: “I didn’t like the body language and the posture, we left too big a gap, we acted too slowly with the ball.” A priori therefore in deficit in all areas.
The coach sees himself “still at the beginning, I also have to learn things”
It should be noted, however: Svensson bluntly admits his own part in this. When asked if his plan wasn’t implemented because the players lacked tension, or if there was no intensity because his plan didn’t work, the Dane said replied, “It was a mixture of the two. Some tactical guidelines “could have been better. You can’t boil it down to one thing.” The 42-year-old also has critical thoughts on his own work in another aspect: Svensson expects a match suspension with the next yellow card. “Three yellow cards after 12 days is too much, I have to review my behavior,” Svensson frankly admits. “I’m still at the start as a coach, I also have to learn things, have areas in which I need to improve. This is one of them.” Even though it was an exceptional situation against Cologne. According to his own statement, Svensson was violently insulted by FC assistant coach Kevin McKenna. In a few other games, admits the coach, he “lacked balance” on the sidelines.
“I’m also happy that others now have the chance they deserve”
Meanwhile, in Stuttgart, balancing on the pitch should be made even more difficult given the lack of top players Stefan Bell (yellow card suspension) and Dominik Kohr (thigh tendon injury). When it comes to his personal plans, Svensson, as usual, doesn’t look at his cards at all. The big favorite for Bell’s place as a center-back is David Nemeth. Kohr should be replaced in the center in front of the defense by Leandro Barreiro or Anton Stach. In general, Svensson says: “I’m not happy that important players are absent. But I’m also happy that others now have their deserved chances.” At the same time, the transition to a system with a double six is not excluded.