Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – Frustration instead of joy, disappointment instead of relief – FC Schalke 04 simply doesn’t want to win anymore.
Although the Revierclub finally took the lead again against VfB Stuttgart, the devastating series of failures continues to grow. After the 1-1 draw on Friday evening, Schalke has already played 22 games in the Bundesliga without a win.
Coach Manuel Baum does not think much of such statistics. “I really don’t trade with this number. It’s backwards. And it makes no sense to drive around on this number,” the footballer said Friday. “We have to think positively and not get involved in such things.”
Even 19-year-old Malick Thiaw’s surprising lead with a diving head (30th) didn’t bring enough security and confidence to the otherwise unstable structure in royal blue. The first success in the upper house since the 2-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach on January 17, 2020 is still a long time coming. Substitute VfB striker Nicolás González (56th) destroyed Schalke’s hopes for redemption with a hand penalty.
Realistically, the team around returnees Mark Uth should be happy to have at least a second point on their account after the 1-1 draw against Union Berlin two weeks ago. After the tying run, the brave Swabians were much closer to the winning goal than the hosts. Not least because of this, Pellegrino Matarazzo had “mixed feelings”. The VfB coach was not dissatisfied, but also not completely happy: “I am very happy that our performance is good day after game. That we go to the limit in every game.”
At Schalke, the mood is as it has been for more than nine months: cloudy. “When you look inside the cabin, your heads hang down. We had different expectations,” admitted Baum. Nevertheless, he made small progress in his team, but that only affected the first half of the match. “In the second half we fell back to our old patterns.”
The largest construction site remains the offensive. Schalke has had these problems with him for over a year. Improvement is not in sight. “We have to make sure that we play much better at the front and simply combine better. We often make the wrong decision in the last third”, not only Uth complained. Baum also acknowledged: “Our game in the last third is extremely expandable. We miss the target danger there.”
The following challenges are already waiting: next Tuesday (4.30 pm) there will be a make-up game against the fourth division club 1. FC Schweinfurt, followed by a basement duel in Mainz in the Bundesliga. “If we keep working that hard, we will eventually succeed with the win. It’s just this knot that needs to be untied,” said Uth, who was not without risk after just overcoming a muscle injury. But the 29-year-old wanted to “continue” and help young players like Thiaw with his experience.
If everything is not wrong, another great talent of the knappenschmiede has grown in the young Finn. Thiaw did his job well in the triple defense, and at the front, he didn’t just pose any danger with his first Bundesliga goal. In any case, Thiaw received special praise from the coach: “I thought his performance was very good. He dared to do something in defense and also in the build-up of the game. The most important thing is that we involve the young players because they are not all. had experiences of failure. “