In their third match under Bo Svensson, Mainz made little initial attempt to match their opponents in terms of play-making, putting all of their efforts into their defensive duties.
Despite having the majority of play, VfL found it tough to find a way through the massed ranks at the back. But once cracks began to appear, the Wolves – who had also been very alert in defence despite having little to do in that respect – seized the day to take the three points, much to the delight of the VfL head coach, who congratulated his players after the match on their solid performance.
Here is what the coaches had to say after the match:
Oliver Glasner: “It was a real battle with a lot of duels and loose balls that had to be picked up. It wasn’t a game to write home about for either team, but we managed to find the back of the net at the right time. The opening goal was a very well-worked move and then after that, we made the most of a mistake in the Mainz defence. It was also very important to remain stable at the back. We let virtually nothing get through and were also on the ball when we defended set pieces. We were ruthless up front and at the back, so I think that we fully deserved our win. I’m glad that we managed to get to grips with such a tough, awkward opponent.”
Bo Svensson: “It was a game without goalscoring opportunities for long periods, and the conditions also meant that it was tough to play flowing football. It was pretty clear that whoever got the first goal would go on to win it but until they opened the scoring, there weren’t any real chances to speak of. Once they did though, it became clear how good a team they are in terms of the quality they have. Unfortunately, we made some crucial errors and that opened the door to Wolfsburg. At 2-0, the match was done and dusted.”
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