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Svensson acknowleges difficulty in squad selection: "It was tough to sit some of the lads on the bench."

By Peter Vice

Following a crucial win at home, FSV Mainz 05 trainer Bo Svensson wasn't in much of a mood to give himself too much credit on Saturday. 

Bo Svensson.
Bo Svensson.Photo: GEPA Pictures/Wolfgang Jannach

Remaining humble and courteous, Bo Svenssson politely declined the invitation of his post-match interviewer to make him out as a tactical genius. Substitutes Robert Glatzel and Robin Quaison may have combined brilliantly to score the game-winning goal in the 84th minute, but Svensson preferred to talk about how hard it was to keep them on the bench in the first place.

"I'd be pretty blind if I didn't notice the quality we have in training," the Danish head-coach said, shaking his head when a Sky reporter asked if the super-subs constituted some sort of master-plan, "It was tough to sit some of the lads down on the bench. Maybe some of them are a little mad at their coach, but not at the team. The one's that came on helped out and that's a good thing."

Svensson, who has been rolling out an interesting 3-4-3 for the last seven rounds, seemingly failed to directly address last week's debacle at Schalke by leaving two of his more more potent attackers on the bench this week. Given that the team already finds itself without captain Danny Latza and offensive spark-plug Karim Onisiwo, the initial XI raised some eyebrows.

Veteran Adam Szalai started up front for the sixth consecutive match. Jonathan Burkhardt also maintained his place beside him. In one significant change, Jean-Paul Boetius took over for Leandro Barreiro at the anchoring midfield position.

Mainz 05
27Robin Zentner
4Jeremiah St. Juste
16Stefan Bell ↩72
19Moussa Niakhate (C)
22Danny da Costa ↩82
35Leandro Barreiro ↩72
31Dominik Kohr
23Philipp Mwene
29Jonathan Burkardt ↩72
28Ádám Szalai ↩58
5Jean-Paul Boëtius
37Finn Dahmen
7Robin Quaison ↪72
9Robert Glatzel ↪58
18Daniel Brosinski ↪82
42Alexander Hack ↪72
8Levin Öztunali
14Pierre Malong
17Kevin Stöger ↪72
20Edimilson Fernandes
21Florian Müller
3Philipp Lienhart
31Keven Schlotterbeck
23Dominique Heintz
7Jonathan Schmid
9Lucas Höler ↩81
27Nicolas Höfler
30Christian Günter (C)
22Roland Sallai ↩72
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↩81
32Vincenzo Grifo ↩81
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪72
18Nils Petersen ↪81
5Manuel Gulde
17Lukas Kübler
8Baptiste Santamaría ↪81
14Guus Til
19Janik Haberer
28Kwon Chang-Hoon ↪81

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