Mainz (AP) – According to Schalke coach Manuel Baum, the eyesight and analytical skills in the dark basement of the video assistant in Cologne must have suffered during the Bundesliga match at FSV Mainz 05.
“You may not always make the right decision in the heat of battle,” he said after the 2-2 (1: 2), especially with regard to the second penalty for the hosts: “But if the video assistant comes by, you have to wonder where they were looking at the second target. “
It was one of three controversial scenes in the therefore curious basement duel at the bottom of the table, where the distribution of points was anything but an end point of the crisis. Even Mainz’s first penalty kick, which Daniel Brosinski converted to 1-0 (6th minute), was a 5050 decision for Baum: “If you can give, don’t have to.” Ozan Kabak’s (50th) goal, which was withdrawn after video evidence for handball to make it 2-2, was also on his list of questionable statements by referee Patrick Ittrich, of whom he stated “with all due respect”: ” It was not his best day. “
Sports director Jochen Schneider van Schalke also couldn’t control his anger. “Ever enough now. I don’t know what’s going on in Cologne,” he grumbled after the series of failures now extended to 23 games without a win. “We feel very badly treated and disadvantaged.”
On the other hand, there was nothing to deny about the free kick in the left corner of the goal of Mark Uth (36th) to 1: 1 and about the own goal of Jeremiah St. Juste (82nd) to 2: 2, which the football club from the Ruhr at least did bring a happy ending. “In the end we were closer to victory and after the story of how the game went, I have to compliment the team for how they got through it,” said Baum.
“Morale is good. In my opinion we played a good game,” said Schalke’s captain Omar Mascarell. “We are constantly improving, we are fighting for it and we are going to make it,” said striker Gonçalo Paciência.
Head coach Baum also sees the performance in Mainz as progress in the misery. “We had a lot more depth in the game and some good combinations and really good situations,” he said, and after his fifth league game with no win on the Schalke bench, he continued to encourage patience. “You always expect that football is like sprinting, that everything goes to black or white within eleven seconds,” said the 41-year-old former goalkeeper. “It will be a marathon and not a sprint during the season.”
To advance and get out of the table cellar, the negative sequence must be hidden, as well as (wrong) decisions in the game in Mainz or elsewhere. “The breeding ground for this is created by a good team spirit,” explains Baum. Constantly thinking about how many games have not been won “doesn’t get us any further”. One must be careful not to lose oneself “in a victim role”. Baum: “We have to think positively.”