GERMAN BUNDESLIGA

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Mainz

  • Nicolai Müller 12'
  • Andreas Ivanschitz 21'

2 - 1

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Nurnberg

  • Per Nilsson 40'
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Mainz v Nurnberg: Preview

From relegation candidates to European hopefuls - a lot can change in the space of a week in the Bundesliga.

Nurnberg head to Mainz knowing that a second successive win after a sequence of five defeats in their previous six games would take them into a share of sixth place, and their coach Dieter Hecking says things are already starting to look up.

``The enjoyment is back again,'' he told reporters. ``Our aim is to pick up points in Mainz. We showed the first positive signs in the Wolfsburg game, despite of the pressure we were under.''

That 1-0 victory last weekend was a breath of fresh air for the Bavarians, who responded well after having their exit from Gelsenkirchen blocked by their own fans only a week before following a 1-0 defeat to Schalke.

``The indications are that the majority of the team from the Wolfsburg game will start again,'' announced Hecking at a press conference.

``We had shown signs of improvement already and we must now have the courage to play attacking football.

``If we are solid at the back, then we will have chances and room up front.''

Hecking welcomes Robert Mak back into his squad a few weeks after demoting him to the reserves due to indiscipline while Timothy Chandler is also an option.

Mainz would move above defending champions Borussia Dortmund with a home win, and their coach Thomas Tuchel is relying on the league's joint top goalscorer Adam Szalai tomorrow night.

``Adam is extraordinary,'' he said. ``He has taken a huge leap forwards this season.''

The Hungarian has scored eight goals this season, making up for lost time after spending a year sidelined with injury.

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