Giant before the return of the Bundesliga
Schalke 04 in royal blue victory frenzy
April 18, 2022, 5:30 p.m.
On April 20, 2021, Schalke 04 will be relegated to the second Bundesliga after a bankruptcy at Arminia Bielefeld. Former club Chaos can take a big step back in the top-flight game against Werder Bremen next weekend. Successful interim coach Mike Büskens calls for a “clear head”.
With a “clear head” to the top: After Büskens’ impressive sprint to the top of the table, FC Schalke 04 does not want to be stopped on the way back to the Bundesliga. “The important virtues are that you stay clear in your mind,” sporting director Rouven Schröder said after the 5-2 win at fellow countryman SV Darmstadt 98 and added ahead of Saturday’s absolute best game against Werder Bremen: ” It’s the next hit. We’re really looking forward to it!”
When “Eurofighter” Mike Büskens took over the traditional club at the start of March – expressly only as caretaker manager – Schalke, sixth in the table, were seven points behind co-relegated Bremen. After the maximum of 15 points in five games, the Royal Blues are now two points clear in the first against second duel on the penultimate day. But Büskens also called for calm. “We were able to increase our lead. But we know we haven’t achieved anything yet,” he said.
The rest is fading
Bremen, whose coach Ole Werner even started with seven wins at the end of autumn, is now mourning the playful pole position. “You can see that Schalke win the direct matches and we draw them,” defender Marco Friedl said after the 1-1 draw with 1. FC Nürnberg. But he promised: “We will win the game. But Werner warned. “In front of the crowd at Schalke, it’s a special constellation,” he said, referring to the arena, which was likely sold out with more than 60,000 spectators: “It’s going to have to improve.”
But although Bremen (54 points) have won just one in five games recently, they remain strong favorites for promotion along with Schalke (56). Also because the competition behind it doesn’t win regularly either. The frustration of the weekend was particularly great at FC St. Pauli (53rd), who would have reclaimed second place had they not conceded the late goal to make it 1-1 at SV Sandhausen. “At the end of the day you have one more point and it’s like five less,” coach Timo Schultz said. worsened by the minute. We practically dug the hole for ourselves.” Next Saturday, Pauli awaits fourth-placed Darmstadt (51) for the next top game.
Darmstadt coach Torsten Lieberknecht, who is not allowed to deal with the Kiez team with a yellow card, does not want to give up despite the 2-5 against Schalke. “The lilies are alive”, he pointed out and was “extremely proud of how the team left their hearts on the pitch”. The fifth from Nuremberg (50) also cannot be shaken, although a great opportunity to rise to the top was missed in Bremen after the header. “It will be an exciting fight until the end,” said striker Nikola Dovedan: “Anything is possible.” On the last day of the match, the club welcomes Schalke, who are bound by a friendship with the fans. Hamburger SV (48), who at least kept their chances as underdogs, finished the six-man battle for promotion. First, the focus is on the cup semi-final against SC Freiburg on Tuesday. “We’re in the mood for a great game,” coach Tim Walter said.