Nurnberg and Mainz’s Japanese stars Hasebe, Kiyotake and Okazaki ready to do battle

The German Bundesliga’s second-bottom side FC Nurnberg host eighth-placed FSV Mainz on Friday night.

The German Bundesliga’s second-bottom side FC Nurnberg host eighth-placed FSV Mainz on Friday night.

Der Club are on the back of a 3-0 reverse at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen, led by South Korean ace Son Heung-min’s brace, and currently lie without a win from 14 league outings.

Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe, who plays alongside Hiroshi Kiyotake in midfield, understands the magnitude of this weekend’s clash with Mainz who will have national teammate Shinji Okazaki in tow.

“It’s a real pity of course and it makes me very sad,” Hasebe said of Nurnberg’s current plight.

“We are at home to Mainz next and that’s a game we have to win. The fact that we are up against Okazaki doesn’t change anything. We are in a very difficult situation at the moment.”

Mainz were beaten 3-1 by Borussia Dortmund last time out but they remain just four points out of the top six and Okazaki, who has scored five league goals this season, feels they have the potential to beat anyone on their day.

“We need to keep playing to our own strengths. If we do that, we can produce good football against any team and beat any team as well,” he said.

Nurnberg will host Mainz at the Stadion Nurnberg in Week 15 of the 2013/14 German Bundesliga season on Friday night (CET).

 
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