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Tuchel record at FSV Mainz 05 wobbles

Bo Svensson remained true to himself even after returning to the road to success with FSV Mainz 05. No howls of triumph, no euphoria – his team even garnished the 2-0 (0-0) win against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim with two records.

For the Dane, however, this was no reason to freak out. “The fact is: if we want to keep winning, we have to play better than today. There’s no question about that,” Svensson commented critically as usual on his team’s performance on Saturday in front of 6,800 fans.

For the fourth time in a row, Mainz have not conceded a goal at home – that’s a club record in the Bundesliga. Since all of these games were also won, the next home game against Bayer Leverkusen on February 18 will shake the record from 2009, when Thomas Tuchel had five home wins in a row for the only time so far.

FSV Mainz 05 with an impressive season record

There is already an impressive record of the season in the home arena. There, Mainz have collected 24 of their 30 points so far – only leaders Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have scored more in their own stadium this season. In the history of the Bundesliga, Mainz were better off in this statistic – in 2009/10 under Tuchel they had 25 points after eleven home games.

Against Hoffenheim it didn’t look like a sense of achievement for a long time, which Svensson classified as “very important” after two defeats in competitive games. Joker Jae-Sung Lee in the 79th minute and captain Moussa Niakhaté (83rd) with a hand penalty met late.

It was Mainz’s 33rd direct hit from a point in a row – no other team has managed that since the Bundesliga was founded 59 years ago. “We missed one in the friendly a week ago. But if we only miss in friendly games and make penalties in the Bundesliga, then that’s fine with me,” said Svensson with a grin.

International places at a glance

With 30 points, the 05ers have broken away from the bottom of the table and can now even look up again. There are only two points to a Europa League starting place. “Now we’re back where we want to be,” stated sporting director Martin Schmidt with satisfaction.

Not pretty, but efficient – that’s probably the best way to summarize the 90 minutes from Mainz’s point of view. “We put the necessary fight on the pitch,” said goalkeeper Robin Zentner. A strength that the team now finally wants to show away. The next opportunity to do so is next Saturday at SC Freiburg. “We want to score and break the away curse,” said striker Karim Onisiwo. The last victory abroad was more than three months ago – on October 30, 2021, Arminia Bielefeld scored 2-1.

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