FC Schalke 04 gave Borussia Mönchengladbach a hard blow at the start of the second half of the season and prevented the foals from temporarily jumping to first place.
Led by winter newcomer Michael Gregoritsch, the Schalke defeated Gladbacher deservedly 2: 0 (0: 0) and moved first in the table past district rival Borussia Dortmund to fourth. (Service: GAME PLAN of the Bundesliga)
National player Suat Serdar with his seventh goal of the season (48th) and Gregoritsch (58th) secured the almost relegated team from last season a win against the Gladbachers after six duels.
“This is how you dream your debut. It goes without saying that it worked that way,” said Gregoritsch after the final whistle ZDF, “It’s special for me that we won the game.” (Service: The Voices of the Game)
Strong debut from Gregoritsch
The team of coach David Wagner, who already has three more in their bank account after 18 games than in the entire pre-season, initially moved past arch-rival Borussia Dortmund to fourth. (Service: TABLE of the Bundesliga)
“I’ve only been here for two weeks and I’ve already seen that the team here is incredibly good quality. We’re at the top, which is also a new situation for me,” said Gregoritsch. “We want to take the flow with us, stay on top and we take what is possible.”
The foals, still leading the championship until mid-December, remained without a win for the fourth time in a row.
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Without his best first-half player, Schalke coach Wagner was forced to improvise. For the struggling midfielder Amine Harit, who scored ten goals, Alessandro Schöpf moved into the team. At the headquarters, Serdar was given even more responsibility. The Augsburg loan from Gregoritsch made a strong debut in the attack.
“Gregoritsch has to play Bock, you have seen that in the test games and in training,” said goal scorer Serdar DAZN, “It was a great ball from him in front of my goal. I was surprised that I had so much freedom, he saw that well.”
Rose sobered after defeat
Gladbach coach Marco Rose relied on a concentrated offensive: With the ex-Schalke Breel Embolo as well as Patrick Herrmann, Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea, four strikers came together. The risk didn’t pay off, the guests with the best defensive in the first half of the season allowed a lot of chances.
“Schalke ran more, had better duels. We dealt more with problems and lost conviction. We had a few opportunities that we didn’t use. It was a deserved victory for Schalke,” summarized Rose ,
Schubert also impressed at Schalke
In Schalker Tor, Markus Schubert replaced Alexander Nübel, who had announced his move to Bayern Munich during the winter break. The 21-year-old prevented an early deficit with a brilliant parade in a plea shot (5th). On the other hand, Yann Sommer saved Gregoritsch and Serdar twice in great need (6th). Then Schöpf also failed due to the Swiss (15th).
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Schalke took over command in the entertaining duel of the surprise teams of the first round. After conquering the ball it went quickly and without any frills. Sommer also had to risk his head and collar against Benito Raman (28th). On the other hand, Gregoritsch saved after a header from Thuram on the line (37.). It was a small miracle that it was 0-0 at half time.
After the break, it didn’t take long for the first goal: after Gregoritsch’s presentation, Serdar thoughtfully hit the far corner. “Gregoritsch has to play Bock, you saw that in the test games and in training. Before my goal it was a great ball from him,” said the scorer after the game DAZN, “I was surprised that I had so much freedom, he saw that well.”
Ten minutes later, Gregoritsch, who had recently landed on the siding in Augsburg, then scored the first Bundesliga goal since May 11, 2019.