On Sunday, FC Schalke 04 suffered a severe setback in the fight to stay up. A victory was not to be expected for Champions League candidate SC Freiburg, but the Knappen fans did not expect the team to have such a chance. Two club idols of the Royal Blues are harsh on the team.
Nine days between heaven and hell: FC Schalke started the 28th matchday with a big exclamation mark in the basement duel against Hertha BSC (5: 2) and thus gained new courage in the Bundesliga’s fight for survival, the protégés left the following Sunday Coach Thomas Reis then fell silently with 0:4 in Freiburg.
Since none of the direct competitors were able to win either, the situation in the table for S04 has hardly changed. Nevertheless, the debacle in Breisgau left its mark, especially in the club environment, which is traditionally open to discussion.
“Too many total failures” at FC Schalke 04
The two Schalke veterans Klaus Fischer and Rüdiger Abramczik were among the harshest critics of Knappen’s appearance. In the “Legend Talk” of the “Recklinghäuser Zeitung” the ex-professionals let off steam.
“I didn’t see that they were hot. We didn’t even have a chance to score,” Fischer complained about the poor performance and at the same time held the coach and team responsible: “In the situation we are in, the coach has to demand that the The team is fighting ad nauseam. You didn’t see any of that.”
Abramczik added: “We had too many total failures in the squad. Not one of them had the form of the Hertha game. We didn’t get any access at all and played badly.”
On the coming match day, Schalke are doomed to win at home against fellow promoted team Werder Bremen. Anything less than a three would further reduce the chances of relegation rank 16 (or higher).