Zero points to the Bundesliga start: What's wrong with Schalke

Zero points to the Bundesliga start: What's wrong with Schalke

Krise? What crisis? "Maybe from the results. The three defeats are of course not great, "said coach Domenico Tedesco after the 1: 2 (0: 1) of FC Schalke 04 at Borussia Mönchengladbach. But despite the again poor performance and the disaster-season start in the Bundesliga sees the 33-year-old coach of the runner-up no cause for concern. He does not want to know about a crisis, even if for the first time in his term of office he has to deal with a series of three bankruptcies. On the contrary: "Compared to the Hertha game, it was two steps forward. We have not had so many chances and chances to score. "

Tedesco sees the tricky situation before the Champions League game against FC Porto on Tuesday and the home game against Bayern Munich as a major challenge. "It remains exciting now to turn the right screws." And there's plenty of that.

Three games, zero points, 2: 6 goals – after all, Christian Heidel speaks of a false start. "It can not be worse. Since you can not talk nice. Now it is the job to correct that, "said the sports director, who assesses the situation a bit more realistic, but Tedesco backs. "There is still a lot missing for the preseason. But the coach does his job just as well. And I think we totally controlled the game from the 25th minute. "

In training it works

Of total control, however, could not be the question. As in Wolfsburg (1: 2) and against Hertha (0: 2) the district club had to run after a residue. This time already after three minutes, when Matthias Ginter could einköpfen unchallenged for a corner of strong Jonas Hofmann. And Schalke have three big central defenders in Salif Sané, Naldo and Matija Nastasic. "In training, we have strongly defended 25 corners in the room," says Tedesco. But it's not just the standard situations that are likely to worry the Schalke. On the defensive is not postponed correctly, the distances between the individual team members do not fit. In addition, there is a lack of precision and timing when pressing out. The enemy's offensive is made so easy.

Worse than the unusually shaky defense is the lack of creativity, the lack of players and the catastrophic efficiency. Instead of combining through the midfield, the center-backs propel long balls forward and hope that the attackers make something out of it. In addition, Franco Di Santo was in the offensive headquarters a total failure, the new fixed point Sebastian Rudy again inconspicuous. It seems Tedesco has not managed to give the team a matching concept for possession football.

Although Sané, Mark Uth, Nabil Bentaleb and Guido Burgstaller have some high-profile opportunities. However, they either gave away miserably or failed at the outstanding Borussia goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who after Patrick Herrmann's 2: 0 (76th minute) could only be defeated by an untenable shot into the angle of substitute Breel Embolo in added time.

Yellow-red endangered full-back

Tedesco's concept was already thrown out of the box after 25 minutes. Since he had to fetch the over-motivated and strongly yellow-red-endangered Hamza Mendyl from the field. The Moroccan should have been sent off on his Schalke debut after two fouls to Thorgan Hazard and Nico Elvedi. It would have been the third relegation in the third game after the red cards for Nastasic (in Wolfsburg) and Yevgeny Konopljanka (Hertha). But referee Manuel Gräfe let mercy go right. "We were lucky to finish with eleven men," admitted Tedesco.

"For me, it was clearly yellow-red," said Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking, however, whose team is unbeaten with seven points and is there before the away game in Berlin brilliant. "It was an excellent performance against a really good opponent. I am very satisfied. "Especially at the beginning of the Gladbacher beat a pace that the Schalke could not go.

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