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The fascinating magic of a coach change

Schalke 04 lost against RB Leipzig and is now in 15th place of the Bundesliga table. The Team shows an increase in performance. A draw would have been deserved.

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The fascinating magic of a coach change
Schalke 04 lost against RB Leipzig and is now in 15th place of the Bundesliga table. The Team shows an increase in performance. A draw would have been deserved. The new coach Huub Stevens reactivated Mark Uth and Sebastian Rudy, but Alexander Nübel in the gate. the By Philipp Selldorf, Gelsenkirchen

In the consciousness of the next defeat of the Schalke team on the difficult path to the fan curve. There is a huge Banner on the fence, should understand the pros as a compliment: "Thank you, Domenico," stand there as a reference to the on Thursday furloughed coach Domenico Tedesco. And: "a mercenary sort out" as a request to the club, those players away, which had contributed to the separation from the popular Coach.

However, to have had the Schalke players and more unpleasant already been in contact with the fan base, as after the 0:1 against RB Leipzig on Saturday afternoon. There was no applause, no whistles, insults and threats, but a neutral Silence that signaled need for Our applause, you only earn. The first step will have done the Schalke professionals in spite of the defeat, the performance against Leipzig, brought an increase in performance. After the distribution of the scoring chances especially in the second half, a draw would have suited well with the course of the game. His team have earned this victory not a "beauty prize," said RB coach Ralf Rangnick, "it was a tough game, we must be able to withstand a lot of pressure."

The substitute Guido Burgstaller came to the 1:1 two minutes before the end of regular time the next. However, he shot from five yards across the goal as defender Jeffrey Bruma, who had in added time, also in the penalty-free access to the Ball. Huub Stevens liked, therefore, be coach-Comeback not as successful reputation. "Disappointing!", he cried when he was asked to do a conclusion: "The boys have done everything, because it is a disappointment that we didn't take anything." Small consolation: "the performance today has voted."

in fact, were a couple of items in the Schalke game, which had gone into the last days of time with Tedesco largely lost. The defensive organization of work, the willingness to stand again in the team context, and even the offensive game brought the opponent in distress, although it had to offer with the many high to Play a little Nice. "We have tried to make the simple things right. So we have to make," said Sebastian Rudy. "I just did what I always did: Trying to make a good preparation and the heads free and clear, that was the most important thing," said Stevens.

The fascinating magic of the coach change was revealed after a few minutes. Schalke played in a long time not seen, steep to the top, where Mark Uth started and elegantly finished. However, the Torschrei echoed for a Moment through the stadium, then the people had not understood that the hit is counted. Off.

Mark Uth? The was now again in the top of the attack, after he had banished Domenico Tedesco most recently with the accusation of apathy out of the squad. Rudy returned from the Reserve in the first Eleven, Alexander Nübel has kept his place as number one. Some connoisseurs had been expected that the veteran Ralf Fährmann would again stand in the gate. However, Stevens stressed that there was no reason for him, the Tedesco, taken in rank order: "Here's a good, young, honest coach, who has made a decision. I spoke in the Morning with Ralle and the goalkeeper trainer - I don't think we need to mix it all up." Nübel law, this decision made with a sovereign power.

They needed no magnifying glass to detect right off the bat, certain changes in the Schalke Encounter. The will of the demonstrative use was the feature of the first few minutes, the Leipzig showed however, at most slightly impressed. They left the house of lords for the first time grant and waited for the gaps to their quick attacking combination play. The opening goal in the 14th minute. Minute sprang but a Schalke coverage error, and a blunder of the defense, the heads of Salif Sané, who made a clean pass due to a technical error back in focus. The subsequent shot of Yussuf Poulsen from close range could Nübel draw with a strong reaction to the crossbar, but the rebound Schalke is not brought out of the danger area, finally dusted Timo Werner.

This goal disillusioned the positive mood in the stands and changed the course of Events in favor of the guests, who had, thanks to its sophisticated game system full control. Where RB dropped the Ball rotors and the blanks used, it remained on Schalke side, the honest Effort. One of these moments would have been able to use the Uth for the equaliser, but his shot was too weak to be dangerous (32.). Poulsen missed out on the opportunity to 0:2. So it went with the scarce Leipzig's lead in the break, but still: whistling there was no in the stands. A small reward for a small progress.

In the second half the picture changed, from the playful dominance of the guests was not to see too much. Schalke took the game with struggle and perseverance, and also stood in the defense solid as in better times. Breel Embolo and Mark Uth came now as a striker, not just as a single fighter in the Front line. Opportunities for the Squires, it's not for lack of. However, Uth, Sané and Suat Serdar misguided - as, later, Burgstaller and Bruma - the goal of which is the training program for the next 14 days cleared it should be in a shot exercises from early morning until late in the plan belong to the teachers. Stevens can prepare with a full squad in the highly important game in Hannover, the national team players Uth and Rudy have received from Joachim Löw no invitations, Nübel said the U 21 Team to the work of the Association to continue. Only three points separate the space 15 fallen runner from the relegation place.

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