Domenico Tedesco: Forget about the league table in Mainz

With three wins on the bounce pushing them on, Schalke head to Mainz. The game against the relegation-threatened Zerofivers kicks off at 20:30 CET this Friday. Domenico Tedesco is expecting to face a “tough opponent who will play full of passion”.

Domenico Tedesco

The Zerofivers are undefeated in their last three games. “For example, Mainz won 2-0 in Berlin and played incredibly well in that game,” said Schalke’s head coach. “We found out ourselves on Saurday how hard it is to play against Hertha.” Therefore, the 32-year-old is wary of judging Sandro Schwarz’s side based on their current standing in the league table. “We have to forget about the table,” said a demanding Tedesco.

Domenico Tedesco knows Mainz's situation well

Teams fighting for survival are especially dangerous in the closing stages of a season. “They can play out of their skin on any given day,” said Tedesco and reflected on his own experience last season with FC Erzgebirge Aue where he found himself in a similar situation battling against the drop.

Sometimes - out of the blue - teams can play out of their skin

Kehrer fit again, Goretzka overcomes niggle

The Royal Blues’ head coach has more and more options available to him ahead of Friday night. Thilo Kehrer has trained this week after missing Saturday’s game with Hertha BSC due to an infection. Leon Goretzka will also travel to Mainz. The Germany international has missed out in recent weeks due to a foot injury. “Leon has almost trained fully in the past few days. He trained without any issues,” reported Tedesco. We will have to wait and see whether he trains fully in the remaining sessions ahead of Friday night’s game.

Additionally, Guido Burgstaller is an option once again as he completed his one match suspension last Saturday. However, Cedric Teuchert’s return date is still uncertain. The U21 international has been training as he overcomes a knee problem. “We’re not rushing Cedi back,” concluded Tedesco.

Facts and stats ahead of the game

The Knappen have won all 12 of their Bundesliga games against Mainz which took place in the first half of the season but only 2 of their 11 clashes in the second half of the season.

Schalke have won three Bundesliga games in a row for the first time this season.

Mainz are unbeaten in their last three Bundesliga matches (one win, two draws). Prior to that, they had lost three games on the bounce.

Mainz will be playing their 400th Bundesliga game against the Royal Blues on Friday night.