Ernuchterung after the bye defeat – schalke on the lookout for a striker

Ernuchterung after the bye defeat - schalke on the lookout for a striker

The team down, the coach in need of an explanation: FC schalke 04 is in the doldrums after the 1:2 in the district derby against borussia dortmund. With 14 points after 14 matchdays, the pre-season runners-up are in a relegation battle.

"I don’t know what you call it," said sports director christian heidel almost defiantly. "But we can read the table. We are aware of the situation. We are standing back there and we can’t get out at the moment."

The team’s deep fall also worries last year’s promoted coach. Nevertheless, the 33-year-old is combative. "That the situation is not already, is clear somewhere," said tedesco, whose team lost a derby for the first time in three years after goals from thomas delaney and jadon sancho. The gap to arch-rival and bundesliga leader BVB is 22 points, and the relegation zone is threateningly close.

Despite the crash, chairman of the supervisory board clemens tonnies did not raise any doubts about tedesco even before the match. "We have an outstanding coach. A fubball expert who also fits schalke 100 percent as a person," tonnies had underlined in an interview with "bild" before the derby defeat. "There is not a shadow of a doubt that he will lead us out of the valley."

But tedesco seems to be out of luck. Unlike the previous year, all close games are lost, tactical mabnahmen do not work. In addition, there is the gross striker shortage. Five offensive players were absent against BVB. So tedesco tried it with guido burgstaller and weston mckennie in the front line. And after the absence of burgstaller (36) due to injury. Minute) the coach brought on left defender hamza mendyl, although the trained attacker jewgeni konopljanka was still on the bench sab.

This astonished sky expert christoph metzelder. "I was surprised that basically a left defender and a skilled defensive midfielder played in the front line. Both did not shoot once at the goal."

Tedesco confessed that his experiment did not work out. "I have to admit honestly, it didn’t work out the way i thought it would. We lacked penetrating power."So it was only enough to equalize in the meantime with a penalty goal by daniel caligiuri.

No improvement in sight before the winter break. "We have already had so many knocks on the back of the neck, we will now master that too and get out of it again," said tedesco. He is considering bringing up 18-year-old striker ahmed kutucu from the U19 team. "The personnel situation will tend to dramatize," heidel said: "but i take my hat off to the fact that the coach never talks about it."

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