Coach Sandro Schwarz from the Bundesliga soccer club Hertha BSC is looking forward to the relegation peak at bottom Schalke 04 on Friday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN) with “anticipation”.
He feels tense, “coupled with great anticipation of what will happen. It will be a very emotional game in a cramped stadium with a heated atmosphere,” said Schwarz on Wednesday: “It’s a very important away game.”
The Berliners (22 points) travel penultimate to the Royal Blues (21). “We all know how the situation in the table and the starting position is. It’s a huge opportunity,” said Schwarz, who described Schalke as a “very aggressive” team: “They don’t allow a lot of space.”
In terms of personnel, Black can largely draw from the full. “We need the stability and directness on the pitch to find space against the man-orientation. We have to counteract it physically and bring in the footballing quality,” said Schwarz. Don’t let the heated atmosphere infect you.
The Berliners have been without a win for five games and have scored two points. The first relegation since the 2011/12 season threatens. In the previous year, Hertha had only prevented the crash in the relegation against Hamburger SV.