PROUD IN EVERY RESPECT
Doubts removed & fully followed through - Svensson seeing results of months-long process
Jonny Burkardt, Robin Quaison or Phillipp Mwene? As goalscorers and pathfinders, important factors, no question. But the actual match-winner, the decisive factor for the home victory over Bayern Munich, which was only sensational at first glance because it was completely deserved, was quickly identified by the 05 head coach in the aftermath of Saturday afternoon.
The team, the group of players united around him, had worked on performances - but also results - like these over the past weeks and months, Bo Svensson explained. It is not only the success over the record champion that makes him proud in this respect ("...a general feeling that my team gives me"), but rather the ongoing process that has led the Zerofivers from a seemingly hopeless impasse in the winter to a pole position in the fight to stay in the league.
While Mainz, with a view to the respectable starting position, now wants to create facts in the remaining four games in terms of staying in the league, they succeeded in impressive style on Saturday in turning away the record champions. And even the slight doubts that had arisen in one of the goalscorers at the break proved unfounded after the restart.