Holtby targets unbeaten season

Mainz midfielder looking to build on perfect start

Holtby: Leading the way

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Lewis Holtby believes FSV Mainz are capable of going through an entire season unbeaten.

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The Bundesliga's surprise package have started the 2010/11 campaign in blistering form, taking maximum points from their first seven games.

They have already opened up a three point lead at the summit, while they are eight points clear of third place.

Holtby, whose international future has hit the headlines recently as Germany and England compete to secure his allegiance, sees no reason why Mainz cannot maintain their recent fine form.

He accepts that it will be difficult to complete 34 games without suffering a single setback, but insists that should now be their target.

"If we are able to maintain our fitness and if we go on playing in an aggressive manner, then anything is possible," Holtby told Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

"Maybe no team will beat us. Even if they do, we will get back on our feet and try to go unbeaten again."

Learning

Holtby is on loan at Mainz from Schalke, with whom he is contracted until 2013.

He is happy to be learning his trade elsewhere for now, as he knows he needs to be playing regularly if he is to fulfil his potential and follow in the footsteps of his idols.

"I am hoping to become a complete player," he added.

"I am trying to do things in the same way at Bastian Schweinsteiger (of Bayern Munich).

"When he was young he was a bit wild, but these days he has an enormous presence on the pitch and has matured into the complete midfielder.

"I think Schweinsteiger could be an example to follow for every player in Germany."