Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – So far, with FC Schalke 04, coach Manuel Baum had to be asked before the cup match against 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 whether the Bundesliga team was even a favorite against the fourth division.
In the league, the number two of 2018 sat 22 games without a win, today, Tuesday (4.30pm / Sky) in the cup make-up, there should finally be a win. “We have underlined how important this game is to us,” Schalke’s coach Manuel Baum said in conversation with his players, who he had not given a day off over the weekend after the meager and happy 1-1 draw against VfB Stuttgart on Friday before. The deficits in the royal blues are too great. “We approach it like a Bundesliga game,” Baum said of the game preparation.
For Baum, the actually mandatory task is particularly difficult. On the one hand, he absolutely has to win the match, on the other, it’s important to save energy for the even more importantly upcoming Bundesliga match from the penultimate table at the bottom of the table FSV Mainz 05. However, if the task goes wrong today , the confidence for the criss duel in Mainz is even less than it already is. .
Lower Franconia, on the other hand, travel completely relaxed to the Revier. After two and a half weeks without a match, Schweinfurt is looking forward to his cup hit. “It’s an extreme highlight for us, a great game in a great arena,” said goalkeeper and captain Luis Zwick. The fourth division can also get over that no spectators are allowed due to corona. Coach Tobias Strobl has no personal concerns and hopes for a thrill.
His team had a “little possibility,” he said. Adam Jabiri, for example, of the Schweinfurt team that made it difficult for Schalke in the first round of the cup in 2018 (0: 2). The 36-year-old is a long-time runner in the storm.
The match was preceded by a long and painful legal battle. In September, Türkgücü Munich obtained an injunction against Schalke’s first-round match a few days before the actual scheduled match, after Schweinfurt publicly questioned the Munich team’s suitability. Last week, the Bavarian Football Association referee gave the green light for the start of Schweinfurt.