"I AM SATISFIED, BUT ALSO NOT..."
05 quotes after the draw in Frankfurt
The Zerofivers can no longer be relegated directly after the draw in Frankfurt - and the preceding defeat in Cologne against SC Freiburg. Only a few minutes were missing in the Rhine-Main duel to secure their safety on matchday 32. A fact that underlines the incredible race to stay up by Mainz, who were relegated in the winter and currently occupy sixth place in the second half of the season. And so, after the final whistle, pride prevailed on the Main that they had also drawn against the Champions League aspirants and were on the verge of keeping their place in the league.
Important for the final sprint
Alexander Hack: "It's a bit disappointing right after the game. We held them to nil for a long time and allowed very little against a good Frankfurt team. Despite the unfortunate goal we took home a point. Especially in the weather conditions, we worked hard and threw ourselves into every tackle. That's important for the final spurt. We want to keep pushing, we owe it to ourselves."
Karim Onisiwo: "It was a very difficult game, even though we showed strong mentality from the first minute. It was good in the first half, then a bit sleepy in parts after the break. When we had the chance in the 75th minute, some thoughts went through my head, otherwise I think we would have been through. The fighting spirit was right."
"I am satisfied, but also not. We did well for a long time, but missed the chance to make it 2-0. A point in Frankfurt - they are fighting for the Champions League - is strong. We still don't have safety secured, but then we'll do that next week. Especially considering the weather conditions, it was really very warm, a top performance from the boys."
...actually shows what we have achieved so far
Martin Schmidt: "The mission is not over yet. We are heading for the home stretch. The fact that we are perhaps annoyed today that we haven't yet secured our place in the league with this point actually shows what we have achieved so far. We'll still manage to get points in the last two games. It was a big step, but we remain focused and continue to work professionally."