Mainz boss Tuchel wary of Nurnberg’s Kiyotake

FSV Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel is well aware of Hiroshi Kiyotake’s set-piece prowess ahead of Friday night’s clash with FC Nurnberg.

FSV Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel is well aware of Hiroshi Kiyotake’s set-piece prowess ahead of Friday night’s clash with FC Nurnberg.

Eighth-placed Mainz travel to second-bottom Nurnberg in Week 15 of the German Bundesliga season and Tuchel knows that the home side have a Japanese midfielder capable of placing his dead balls on a dime.

"We've spoken at length about their ability from dead-ball situations," said Tuchel.

"Kiyotake whips them in with pinpoint accuracy. That's something we need to address if we want to get something from the game."

Kiyotake is expected to start in central midfield alongside compatriot Makoto Hasebe while fellow Blue Samurai Shinji Okazaki will start up front for the visiting Mainz.

 
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