Prior to Saturday, Mainz 05 manager Bo Svensson saw his team in 13th place of the Bundesliga and facing league leaders Bayern Munich.
Things might not have looked great to an outsider, but with four wins and one draw over their last five games heading into the match, Die Nullfünfer might have had the Bavarians right where they wanted them.
“To be successful against Bayern, you need a lot of components. The plan has to work, this requires top performance from individual players and the team. We brought all of that to the pitch today” said Svensson to to Sky (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “The first half was very, very good. We all know what quality Bayern have upfront and we haven’t allowed them much. We slowed down a bit in the second half, but the way we went through the 90 minutes was very impressive. I am proud to be this team’s coach.”
As for where his team goes from here if it wants to continue its trend upward and avoid relegation, Svensson said he will not be relying on those skills he built up as a youngster in school.
“I wasn’t that strong in math before,” Svensson said (as captured by Tz). “We have to perform, that’s our core task.”