Pros 06.01.2020 — 14:08 Uhr

Palpable excitement

The Zerofivers have settled into the team hotel in Estepona. An easy start to training on Sunday was followed by two intense sessions to start the week.

The Zerofivers received a warm welcome at the team hotel in Estepona.

For the second year in a row, Mainz have headed off to winter training camp in Estepona, with the Elba Estepona Gran Hotel & Thalasso Spa serving as the team’s home base. Under a cloudy sky and spring-like temperatures, head coach Achim Beierlorzer’s side took to the training ground to start into their first short session of the week.  

The Zerofivers took the morning to recover from the setbacks and delays faced during the trip to training camp in Estepona, Andalusia. After departing from the Bruchweg at 07:15 CET, some of the players just managed to board the plane to Spain on time, due to heightened security controls and long lines. These proved to be the only turbulent moments of an otherwise easy flight to Spain, where Mainz will spend the week preparing for their first Bundesliga clash of 2020 against SC Freiburg on 18th January (15:00 CET) in the OPEL-ARENA. 

An intense start to the week 

On the schedule for day one of training camp was recovery training, which included exercises in the gym as well as 20 minutes on the ball. Of the 28 players that completed the trip, only Stefan Bell is still training individually. Captain Danny Latza made the last-minute decision to remain at home in order to complete his rehabilitation and to attend the necessary check-ups to ensure his full recovery. The team will up the intensity of their work on Monday, with two tough sessions on the schedule ahead of Tuesday’s friendly against FC Emmen. According to head coach Achim Beierlorzer, “After such a long day today, it made sense to loosen up a bit and get our feet moving. You can see that the lads are having fun. You can feel how excited they are to play football.” As of Monday, the team will ramp things up as they start to integrate various speed and weight training exercises into the sessions, along with several drills. “We’ll keep things short, but intense, right from the start,” said Beierlorzer, who added that he will be careful to not push his players too far. After all, anyone who picks up a knock or a muscular injury now will likely be out for the Zerofivers’ first Bundesliga game of the year. 

According to the 52-year-old, the team will also be focusing on the basics during the week-long camp. “Speed, endurance and power” are what the coach is looking for his team to take from practice into their games. However, first on the agenda was the arrival at the team hotel in Costa del Sol. After supper, the head coach called together all the players for a team meeting, before it was time to hit the hay and rest up for an eventful Tuesday.

The head coach has been impressed by what he’s seen so far of the conditions for the training camp. “The pitches are spectacular and are located nearby. Everything is great,” he said.