Mainz scouting report: Corner turned but questions still remain
A comfortable win away to Hoffenheim seems to have put a number of concerns to bed, and new coach Beierlorzer appears to have settled in. Now the hard work really begins…
With four wins and eight defeats, Mainz currently find themselves 13th in the table on 12 points. The most recent match came after there was a change at the top, with Achim Beierlorzer replacing Sandro Schwarz as coach, which resulted in a spectacular 5-1 win away to 1899 Hoffenheim despite going down to 10 men at half time. Whether the new coach can provide some long-term momentum remains to be seen, but at least last week’s success will have given them a healthy dose on confidence after a tough period. So the long and the short of it is, who knows what kind of team Eintracht will be taking on this weekend?
New coach, new formation. Schwarz tended to prefer a 4-3-1-2, while Beierlorzer went for 3-4-1-2 against Hoffenheim. Much along the lines of Da Costa and Kostic at Eintracht, the two wide players – Aaron Martín on the left and Levin Öztunali on the right – go up and down the wings from defence to attack as necessary. Pierre Kunde and Ridle Baku are in midfield with Jean-Paul Boëtius playing between them and the twin strikers, Karim Onisiwo and Robin Quaison. Whether this is a permanent solution or was merely a tactical reaction to the way Hoffenheim play will become clearer over the coming weeks.
One to watch: Jean-Paul Boëtius
The 25-year-old Dutchman has been involved in six goals this season (scoring and setting up three each), making him the club’s top scorer so far. He has recorded an average of 56 dribbles per match this term which is up on last year as he looks to take on opponents directly. The attacking midfielder learned his trade in the Feyenoord youth academy in Rotterdam, making his debut for the pro team in 2012 and immediately establishing himself at the highest level. After stays with FC Basel and KRC Genk, he returned to Feyenoord in 2017 and enjoyed an injury-free season that saw him score six goals and set up nine more. That is when Mainz came calling.