Mainz Coach Bo Svensson believes FS in Mainz 05 is not on the same level with upcoming rival Bayer Leverkusen despite a good start to the season.
Calling the “first game” inappropriate, the 42-year-old stressed facing a duel fifth in the fourth table in the Bundesliga with the same number of points this Saturday (3.30pm/sky). “I don’t care much about shots like this,” Svenson said, adding, “I’m glad we started well and that we are where we are now. But not anymore. If it looks the same after the first half of the season, I promise I will find other words.”
In addition to captain and defender Moussa Niakhati, Mainz will also have to dispense with striker Adam Szalay at Leverkusen. The Hungarian is expected to be out for six weeks after his meniscus surgery. “It’s a shame because Adam has skills we don’t normally have,” Svenson said. It is now a matter of “finding the best looking and capable constellation for the Beginning Eleven”.
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