Mainz 05 is in crisis. The team is threatening to gamble away from a very successful season so far. Low point so far: 0:5 against Wolfsburg last Friday. And now Bayern is coming.
Everyone who knows Bo Svensson knows that Mainz coach can get very angry. At the latest after 0:5 last Friday, at VfL Wolfsburg, which hadn’t been quite in great shape before, the Dane should have been talking about tacheles in the dressing room. Not directly in the halftime break in Wolfsburg, when the team was not ready for the Bundesliga, but on the day after the match in video analysis with the whole team.
“He was very noisy,” 05 midfielder Anton Stach revealed in an interview with SWR Sport after analyzing the team. “But it’s true, it will be an intense week; we will work hard. But we are only looking at ourselves and not at Bayern,” said the international. Bo Svensson has canceled the usual day off this week – full focus on the German champions from Munich, who will visit the Mainz Arena next Saturday (3:30pm).
Why are Mainz playing so badly right now?
A few weeks ago, 05 fans had legitimate hopes that the team would have a say in the struggle for international places. Mainz sometimes played hard at home. Far from it, the record was rather poor. The team’s faces on home and away were fundamentally different. It can’t be because of the away weakness alone and the fact that four of the last five games should have been played abroad, the Fifth could be pleased with already having 39 points and therefore nothing to do with the relegation battle. “It shouldn’t be like that, but maybe it happens unconsciously when you watch our matches,” Anton Stach is trying to analyze the past few weeks. Like his teammates and coach, he also appears to be confused.
From Mainz 05 to Hansi Flick
Anton Stach may have to pinch himself at times. Two years ago, the 23-year-old played for VfL Wolfsburg II in the regional league. After a year in the second Bundesliga and promotion to the Bundesliga with the Greuther Fürth Association, he moved to Mainz. Prior to joining Team 05, Stach became the European Under-21 Champion “almost accidentally” and participated in the Olympic Games in Tokyo. After a few weeks settling in Mainz, Stach became a key player in the defensive midfield. And as if this were not enough, moreover, a national player with Hansi Flick.
Stach career in full throttle mode
In March, Anton Stach made his debut in the German Football Association team. Career on full throttle: “You notice, but not really. Because we also have a game every week. You notice it a lot when friends or family tell you,” Stach looks back. “You can tell me that I still have to get more consistency and develop.”
It is also a fact that Anton Stach, like the whole team, seems to have lost his good form a little in the past few weeks. Stach publicly described his emotional world in a SWR interview: “I have to work on myself, and when the season is over and I’m free, review the whole thing.” His current mental state slightly reflects that of the entire club: on the one hand, proud of what has been achieved in the past few months, and on the other hand also a lot of frustration about the achievements of the past few weeks. Will that turn out to be positive against Bayern Munich of all places?