Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – In the end, FC Schalke 04 again weighed against frustration and disappointment. While the Royal Blues had finally regained the lead, the long-awaited victory and the final point in the devastating string of defeats never ended.
“When you look in the dressing room, your heads are hanging down. We had different expectations today and really wanted to win,” said Schalke coach Manuel Baum after the 1-1 (1-0) victory against VfB Stuttgart. “The first half was absolutely okay. We rightly took the lead. The second half turned things around.”
Even the surprising lead of 19-year-old defensive talent Malick Tiaw with a nice diving head after a free kick from Amine Harit (30th) did not give the Royal Blues enough confidence and confidence to achieve their first success in the Bundesliga since January 2020. The bottom line is that there are now 22 games with no wins. The series of failures takes on threatening forms. “I really don’t care about these numbers. It’s backwards and it makes no sense to drive around on this track. We have to think positively and not dwell on such things,” said Baum.
Despite all the frustration about the equalizer by substitute Nicolás González (56th), Schalke’s goalscorer also saw it with a hand penalty. Nevertheless, Thiaw’s joy over his first Bundesliga goal was clearly murky. “Of course the disappointment is there. But we have to be optimistic and look ahead,” said the Finnish defensive talent.
VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo had “mixed feelings”, especially as his team dominated the game, especially after the ghost game change in Gelsenkirchen and was much closer to the winning goal than the hosts: “In the second half we dominated Precision lacked. But it was a very good second half. We can be satisfied with the performance. “