Playing all competitions affected us, says Mainz 05's Balogun

The defender claims playing in more than one competition this season is the reason why his team are battling relegation

Nigeria international, Leon Balogun is confident Mainz 05 will avoid relegation at the end of the 2016/17 league season.

The O-Fives are currently ranked 14th on the log with 33 points from 31 games on the German Bundesliga table following their 2-1 home defeat to Borrusia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

And the defender claims his side has had a bit of fair results in recent times – forcing Bayern Munich to a draw at the Allianz Arena, while claiming maximum points against Hertha Berlin on their home turf.

"This season for the club has been exciting, though there have been a lot of ups and downs but we are fighting to survive and escape relegation," Balogun told NFF website.

"I think from the last games we've played, like those we played against Hertha (Berlin) and Bayern (Munich), we did our best and had fair results - a win against Hertha, and a draw against Bayern at the Allianz Arena."

The 28-year-old player also added that featuring in three different competitions was a little tasking for the club, although they crashed out of the DFB Pokal competition in October, while they failed to make it out of Group C of this year’s Europa League championship.

"Playing in three different competitions really affected us: That is the Europa League, DFB Pokal and the League. I think we've managed through and we will do well to escape relegation,'' he continued.

"For me personally, the season could have been better. I would have loved to play more games but also you can see positive trend in the last games.

"I know it’s all about the team and if that means that I don't get too many games I certainly understand that, the main thing is for the team to stay in the Bundesliga."

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