In the end, BVB trainer Edin Terzic steps up to his Swiss colleague Christian Gross and encourages him. He endured the increasingly difficult evening to endure. And yet more than ever has to worry who feels with FC Schalke – or with its Zurich coach.
The 0: 4 against Dortmund, who struggled so often this season, reveals again and relentlessly that the rescue mission of the six-time Swiss master coach seems doomed to fail. 18th place, eight points behind 17th place – these numbers alone prove the situation of Schalke.
The y are an exact expression of the performance of this team – regardless of the name of the coach. She may sacrifice herself and go into the game with good organization, she may conjure up her own fighting spirit and resilience with plenty of words and gestures – hair-raising mistakes keep her off the mark. And almost always for points.
Against BVB it is Benjamin Stambouli (30), who forgets the ball shortly before the break and enables Jadon Sancho to take the lead. Stambouli was a champion with Montpellier and Paris, he played for Tottenham – but at Schalke he is the embodiment of sporting calamity. He is slow and restless on the ball – fateful for a six!
36-year-old number 3 in goal
Bad luck also comes: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Mark Uth, Nemanja Nastasic are missing. Nabil Bentaleb, who was a ray of hope at Union Berlin, is sitting on the bench, battered. As if that weren’t enough, Shkodran Mustafi drops out shortly before the game. And goalie Ralf Fährmann injured his stomach in the middle of the first half. Michael Langer, number three, 36 years old, has to go. And ultimately reach behind you four times.
Youngster Matthew Hoppe (19) struggles in the attack. He runs, extends balls, creates spaces – but hit? He hasn’t done that since his promising start with four goals in three games. And there seems to be no alternative in sight. Expression of bad personnel policy.
Christian Gross says: “We believe until the bitter end, perhaps, that it is still possible.” It would be a miracle. More than ever.
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