Despite Lee Jae-seong’s struggles, Mainz 05 failed to achieve its first league win in seven games.
On the 7th (Korean time), Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz drew 2-2 in the 7th round of the 2023-2024 German Bundesliga at Borussia Park in Monchengladbach, Germany.
It was a match between two teams whose performance was below expectations at the beginning of the season. After the game, Mönchengladbach earned 6 points with 1 win, 3 draws, and 3 losses, ranking 12th. Mainz escaped from last place with 2 points from 2 draws and 5 losses. However, since their match was the first schedule of the 7th round, there is a possibility that their ranking will drop again after the remaining teams play their matches.
In particular, Mainz is having the worst start. Mainz, which recruited striker Ludovic Ajork last winter, only suffered a power leak this summer rather than strengthening its players. Nevertheless, the current ranking was difficult to predict, due to bad luck such as a series of injuries. There were 6 players who could not be used against Mönchengladbach due to injuries or poor condition. Among them, Jonathan Burkhardt is a self-developed prospect who has grown rapidly with 11 league goals and 3 assists in the 2021-2022 season, but following last season, he is unable to contribute to his strength this season due to injury.
Mainz came close to their first win away to Mönchengladbach. They gave up the first goal to Florian Neuhaus, but came back with goals from Brajan Gruda and Aymen Barkok. Barkok’s goal came in the 30th minute of the second 레고토토half. Afterwards, the one-goal advantage seemed to be maintained well, but in the 43rd minute of the second half, Joe Scali scored an equalizer, which ended in a draw. Goalkeeper Robin Zentner tried to protect the defense with many saves, but there were limits.
Lee Jae-seong played as a starter but was substituted in the 25th minute of the second half. Although Lee Jae-seong has a small full-time role, he has played as a starter in all seven games so far and is showing a much stronger performance. He also scored the team’s only goal against Eintracht Frankfurt, one of only two games in which Mainz came away with a point.
Coach Bo Svensson must use the international break to reorganize his team. The return schedule after the break is quite burdensome. The opponent for the next game on the 22nd is Bayern Munich. Following the away trip to Bochum on the 28th, they will face RB Leipzig on November 4th. Mainz won their home game against Bayern last season. We need to aim for a surprise this time too.