Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – In the end, FC Schalke 04 again weighed against frustration and disappointment. Although the Royal Blues had finally regained the lead, the long-awaited victory and the final point in the devastating series of failures came to nothing.
“When you look into the dressing room, your heads are hanging down. We had different expectations today and were very eager to win,” said Schalke coach Manuel Baum after the 1-1 (1-0) victory against VfB Stuttgart. “The first half was absolutely fine. 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 stunning diving head after a free kick from Amine Harit (30th) did not give the Royal Blues enough confidence and confidence to achieve their first Bundesliga success since January 2020. The bottom line is that there are now 22 games without a win. 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.
It was similar, despite all the frustration about the equalizer by substitute Nicolás González (56th) with a hand penalty, the goalscorer of Schalke. 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 match, especially after the change in the ghost match in Gelsenkirchen and was much closer to the winning goal than the hosts: “In the second half we dominated. The latter pass and Precision was missing. But it was a very good second half. We can be satisfied with the performance. “