Dutt: Mainz face-off will be challenging

Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt is predicting a tight game between two evenly-matched sides when they host Mainz on Sunday.

Bremen's Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne

Just one point separates the sides in the Bundesliga and Dutt expects that to be reflected on the field at the Weser Stadion in a tactically-challenging encounter.

"That's what we've got to prepare ourselves for," he said. "If both of us play the way we can, then it's going to be a tight game.

"Games against Thomas Tuchel have always been very interesting tactically.

"You've got to have a good plan yourself. It's always fun and they have always been intense games, full of tackles and tempo."

Dutt has his plan, although he would not reveal it on Friday, saying that there "is one training session left" and that he "could still change something if a player catches the eye".

Mainz are currently above Bremen in the standings, but their general manager Christian Heidel rejects the notion that the two sides are on a par.

"It would be wrong to think that," he said. "Bremen are still a really, really big club."

Nevertheless, their aim is still to remain above them for as long as they can this season since doing so would more than likely see them fulfil their own goal for the season - avoiding relegation comfortably.

"We feel we are capable of testing Bremen," said coach Thomas Tuchel. "My team is definitely showing that."

Bo Svensson has trained all week and is, according to Tuchel, an option for his starting XI, although he may not be able to go the full 90 minutes and Stefan Bell is an alternative.

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