Mainz: We must go to Anoeta with a winning mentality
Granada captain Diego Mainz has admitted it’s not been the best of seasons for him, having suffered numerous minor injuries throughout the course of the campaign. He feels he’s back in good shape now though and looking forward to helping his team next Monday, when they battle for three points away at Real Sociedad.
Speaking after Friday’s training session, Granada defender Diego Mainz accepted that his team haven’t been performing particularly well of late, but underlined that they must change that when they travel to take on Real Sociedad next Monday.
“When things go badly, you have to turn the page as quickly as possible. The good thing is that each week, we have a new challenge, a new game and now we have a very important game at Anoeta. We must go there with the mentality that we can get the win.”
Asked what he sees as the keys to victory against Real Sociedad, Mainz suggested that his team must stay tight and focused defensively, whilst also trying to take any scoring chances of their own. Most of all he suggested that showing their determination, will be the most important factor.
“We’ll try to have the ball and to ensure we don’t leave any spaces behind our backs, for them to exploit. We need to make the most of chances we have. We’ve had good games against important teams and in San Sebastián, we must show we have the need for points.”
Being the last game of the weekend fixtures, on Monday night, Mainz was asked if that’s any advantage, given they’ll then know how teams around them have faired in their games.
“It’s all the same to me. Knowing the results of direct rivals can be both a good and a bad thing. It is what it is though and you can’t let things like that enter your head.”
Mainz also spoke about what has been a difficult season for himself personally, having suffered numerous injury problems and not being able to play as regularly as he’d have liked.
“Everything has been complicated and it hasn’t turned out as well as I was hoping. Anything that could go wrong for me, has. There are times when things go better for you and times when they’re worse. The truth is though, this season hasn’t gone particularly well for me.”
The 31-year-old central defender did add however, that he’s feeling in much better shape now.
“I’m fine. Since the game against Espanyol, I haven’t had any problems and have been working well in training. Thanks to God, the injuries are behind me and forgotten now.”
Granada have struggled in the second half of the season with injury problems and manager Lucas Alcaraz has rarely been able to field the same eleven for consecutive matches. That’s something that Mainz insists they must get over as a team, whichever eleven takes to the field.
“At a group level, obviously we haven’t reached this stage of the season as fresh as we’d like. We’ve been working hard since last June and now the legs are starting to feel that. In that respect though, it’s the same for every team. Thinking about tiredness doesn’t help anything and you have to keep a cool head.”