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Mainz Coach: Ujah, De Jong Have Made Us More Competitive

Mainz Coach: Ujah, De Jong Have Made Us More Competitive

By James Agberebi: Mainz 05 manager Sandro Schwarz has stated that the signing of Nigeria striker Anthony Ujah and Dutch star Nigel De Jong has brought competition into the squad.

Ujah returned to Mainz from Chinese Super League club Liaoning Hongyun in the January transfer window on a three-and-half year contract until 2021.

He first signed for Mainz in 2012 before departing for Cologne in 2015.

Since his return to Mainz, he has made two Bundesliga appearances without a goal yet.

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Speaking in his press conference on Thursday, ahead of their Bundesliga home clash against champions Bayern Munich on Saturday, Schwarz however expressed satisfaction with the make-up of his squad.

“The squad size is just right at the minute. There’s a lot of competition for places, especially with Ujah and De Jong now in the mix,” Schwarz said.

And ahead of the big clash, the Mainz gaffer said they will be banking on home support to get a positive result.

He added: “Everyone is aware of Bayern’s quality. During the match we will have to withstand a lot of pressure but we’re hoping to create a special atmosphere in the stadium.”

They are currently 15th on 20 points, three points above the relegation play-off spot in the 18-team Bundesliga table.

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