After the draw against Cologne, FCA are ready for their next match against direct competitors Mainz 05 on Sunday (14th June, 15:30 CEST). Ruben Vargas spoke to FCA Fan-TV about the turbulent ending to the season for Augsburg, as well as the challenge against the Zerofivers.
Even two days after the match, Ruben Vargas is struggling with the amount of chances his side had against Cologne. “We played very well in the first half, and we should have taken the lead,” said the 21-year-old Swiss, looking back at last Sunday. Despite several good chances for FCA, they went into the break goalless.
When Anthony Modeste put the visitors 1-0 up late on, it looked as if FCA were going to be left empty-handed, if not for a late equaliser by Philipp Max after a counter. “I was overjoyed when Philipp netted the equaliser,” said Vargas. “I have mixed feelings about the end of the match, but we’ll take the point.”
Now Mainz awaits, FCA’s direct competitor in the table. The Zerofivers (31 points) have just one point fewer than FCA (32) and sit in 15th place in the table. “The game is almost like a miniature final,” explains Vargas, who describes Mainz as a “physically strong team”. “The coach will prep us well, and I hope that we can take the three points home with us.”
In the last game against Mainz (2-1), FCA initially fell behind despite having good chances, similar to their performance last week in Cologne. “We need to make sure that we score the first goal,” Vargas explains. “We’re good defensively and we don’t allow our opponents many chances.” With this good balance, the attacking player is optimistic about the remaining four games. “We’re not being handed anything for free, but with the right attitude and preparation, things are looking good.”