January 19, 2013
Mainz v SC Freiburg: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.3||1.2|
|Goals against *||1.1||1.3|
|Last 5 home||L-D-L-D-W||L-W-W-W-L|
|Last 5 away||D-D-L-L-D||W-L-L-W-L|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Mainz | SC Freiburg|
|12/14||H: Borussia Monchengladbach||12/15||A: Schalke 04|
|12/21||A: Hamburg SV||12/21||H: Hannover 96|
|1/25||A: VfB Stuttgart||1/25||H: Bayer Leverkusen|
|2/1||H: SC Freiburg||2/1||A: Mainz|
|2/8||A: VfL Wolfsburg||2/8||H: TSG Hoffenheim|
Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel says defeat against fifth-placed Freiburg tomorrow would not be a major setback to his side.
Mainz and Freiburg are two of the Bundesliga's surprise packages at the midway stage of the campaign lying in sixth and fifth place respectively, and they are both on course for European competition season.
It did not look like Mainz in particular would be in such a strong position when they failed to win any of their opening three matches, and that slow start to the season and subsequent rise is the reason why Tuchel is not too concerned about getting caught cold tomorrow.
"The first half of the season was an example that we created that you can still play a good season despite picking up only a point from the first three games,'' he said.
"But of course we want to improve on that now.
"We are not going to read too much into it, but sixth place gives us a good feeling and is confirmation for us.
"We have trained very hard over the short break and now we are fresh.''
Tuchel is without the suspended Jan Kirchhoff, who therefore only has a maximum of 16 more games with the club before joining Bayern Munich in the summer, while Elkin Soto is ruled out injured.
Freiburg may be one place above Mainz, but they are not wasting any thoughts on playing in Europe next season.
"My God no,'' said their coach Christian Streich to the Suddeutsche Zeitung newspaper.
"Our aim, which comes before everything, is not to be relegated.''
Those words were echoed by midfielder Daniel Caligiuri, for whom tomorrow's game has an added bit of spice.
He comes up against his brother Marco.
"My mum hopes it will finish all square while my dad just can't wait for it to be over,'' he told Spiegel magazine ahead of the battle between siblings.
"We want to ensure we avoid relegation as soon as possible, but it would be pretty tough for us to go down now.''