Mainz coach staying calm despite record start
Mainz coach Thomas Tuchel has insisted his feet are firmly on the ground despite his side's record-equalling winning streak which has left them top of the table with seven consecutive victories.
Minnows Mainz from west Germany, near Frankfurt, have shocked the Bundesliga to top the league with a maximum 21 points, having won at both Bremen and defending champions Bayern Munich on the way to the summit.
Rising stars Lewis Holtby, 20, and teenage striker Andre Schuerrle, 19, have both earned the praise of Germany coach Joachim Low, who has said he plans to promote the pair for the friendly with Sweden on 17 November.
But with just under a quarter of the season gone, Tuchel is keeping his side grounded and has said his goal is just to consolidate on their great start after his side hammered Hoffenheim 4-2 at home yesterday.
"Our goal is to establish ourselves in the Bundesliga and we are, I believe, on the right track," said Tuchel today. "I am pleased that our supporters are not thinking about the Champions League or the Bundesliga title."
Only three sides have ever won their first seven matches with Mainz joining Kaiserslautern in 2001 and Bayern Munich in 1995 in achieving the feat.
"These seven victories have not happened by chance, but by hard work," said Tuchel. "The players deserved what they have achieved, but we are not afraid of crashing back to earth, that is not our way of thinking."
But Tuchel, 37, is enjoying the moment having celebrated in the crowd with the fans, leading the chants with a microphone as is customary in German football, after the win over Hoffenheim.
Mainz are at home to Hamburg on 16 October in their next Bundesliga game as the German league takes a break for the next round of UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers.