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Mainz boss Tuchel

‘Our fans are loving every minute of it’

Bundesliga leaders Mainz have stunned the German football world with five wins from their five matches to date. Interviewed by fcbayern.de ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Bayern, even FSV coach Thomas Tuchel admitted the dream start had taken him by surprise. “But with the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to explain. We played our football and showed character, and we’ve deserved to win every game too.”

Interview: Thomas Tuchel

fcbayern.de: How does it feel to be in charge of the runaway leaders?
Thomas Tuchel: I feel great, thanks, but that’s less to do with the table and more with my team’s superb performances. We’re working very hard on keeping our standards up, so we have little time to bask in this temporary situation. The team and the coaching staff should focus on our jobs. Our fans can enjoy the table.“

Being frank, are you surprised by your team’s sensational start?
We couldn’t have predicted the dream start. But with the benefit of hindsight, it’s easy to explain. We played our football and showed character in every game, and we’ve deserved to win every game too. A start like this is perfectly possible if you play to your strengths and then enjoy the rub of the green too, even for a club like Mainz.“

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