Gelsenkirchen (AP) – FC Schalke 04 opened the 6th matchday of the Bundesliga today (8.30 p.m. / DAZN) with a home game against VfB Stuttgart.
The team of national coach Manuel Baum, for more than nine months without a win, finally wants to score a success against the Swabian climber who had a good start to the season.
INITIAL SITUATION: The Royal Blues has been waiting for a victory in the Bundesliga for 21 games and longs for success. After 300 spectators were there in the previous home game against Union Berlin (1: 1) when Schalke scored the first point of the season, fans are not allowed anymore due to the worsening corona contamination. Unlike Schalke, Stuttgart is very well on track with eight points from five games and away from home without losing any points.
STAFF: Schalke can rely on offensive player Mark Uth again. This is good news for Trainer Baum. “Mark is one of our most creative players on the offensive. He can put his teammates in good finishing positions and he can also score goals himself,” he said before the game, in which he continued on Ralf Fährmann, Suat Serdar and the banned ex- Stuttgart Ozan Kabak has to do without it. Defense chief Waldemar Anton is not yet available again at VfB. But defender Marc Oliver Kempf is ready for action again after his ear injury.
VOTES OF THE TRAINER: For Schalke’s coach Baum, the game has an “excellent” meaning. “We need a sense of accomplishment with the ball. Confidence and possession are closely linked,” said the Bavarian. His colleague from VfB, Pellegrino Matarazzo, wants to take advantage of the Schalke crisis. However, the opponent is difficult to estimate: “You have your back against the wall and are therefore a bit unpredictable.”