Augsburg (dpa) – The Mainz team hasn’t been kidding for a long time – now they can also become one of the biggest laughers in Bundesliga history.
With the 1: 3 (0: 1) on Saturday at FC Augsburg, the Bruchweg kickers – first under Achim Beierlorzer, then under Jan-Moritz Lichte – lost all their six matches. Only one team was that bad at the start: 1991/92 Fortuna Düsseldorf. At the end of the season, the team was also relegated to the bottom.
With another bankruptcy in the duel of the desperate against penultimate Schalke 04 on the table on Saturday, Mainz’s bottom end would bring a novelty to the elite tier.
Now only Jürgen Klopp could help the FSV. Fifteen years ago, the current Liverpool FC star coach saved the FSV from a second tier after a hopeless zero-point start. At the time, Mainz only lost the first five games. This season the situation is even more bleak – and there is no Klopp on the coaching bench.
“All in all, the eleven who were on the field and started were not fit for the Bundesliga,” said left back Daniel Brosinski shortly after the business trip in Augsburg.
The FSV is missing a lot this season. The first half produced a lot of footage: no courage in the attack, sloppiness in the build-up game, lack of consistency in the defense.
“Understandably, the guys aren’t bursting with confidence, that we’re having setbacks, and we’re getting relatively many, have to work,” Light said softly at the press conference. “But it’s important for the guys that we deal with not only the negative but also the positive things and show that some things are working our way.”
A little something works too – every now and then. After Ruben Vargas fell behind (40th minute), a quick switch brought Joker Karim Onisiwo (64th) equalizing the score.
“At half time I heard the words exactly as you would imagine, I think the form was chosen correctly,” said sports director Rouven Schröder of Lichtes’ halftime address. “I think to stimulate and entice them, in the sense of grabbing their honor – you saw it right away, the guys followed suit and that’s ultimately what we want to see.”
The high phase in Mainz did not last long. André Hahn (80./90.+1) punished the negligence by covering the guests with a double backpack. “It’s way too easy. Maybe we wanted too much, we needed to be more defensively vigilant and grab at least one point,” said defender Jeremiah St. Juste.
What would Klopp do now? Maybe he would take an approach similar to Slight. Keep working and conveying to your kickers that only a game idea executed together and executed with dedication can lead to points. If not against Schalke 04, who else?
“Now Schalke is home and I think everyone knows what that means for themselves before the international break,” said Schröder and assured: “We will do everything we can.”