Schalke 04’s hopes of relegation have dropped again a little.
The defeated Bundesliga last fought 0-0 in the away game at Union Berlin, but the point gain is too few in view of the large deficit on the relegation rank. Union lost contact to the European Cup places for the time being with the fifth game in a row without a win.
Regardless of the outcome of the Schalke season, sports director Jochen Schneider no longer seems to be in office. On Friday evening several hundred fans had gathered in front of the office and raised the mood against the hapless manager with posters (“No matter if league one or two, Jochen, you’re not in!”) And chants (“Tailor out! Tailor out!”) .
Schalke’s coach Christian Gross, who had previously spoken of a “100 percent game” in Berlin, took a great personal risk: the Swiss appointed problem professional Nabil Bentaleb, who was only a few days ago after five suspensions among four coaches had been brought back to the team, straight away into the starting line-up. The Algerian replaced Mark Uth, who was injured in the thigh, in the attacking midfield – and at least he did well in the first half.
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Schalke even owned the slightly better play system at first. But as in the entire season, the team found it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities. A shot by international Suat Serdar from the edge of the penalty area (29th) went just over it, on the other side Christian Gentner missed the goal with a volley by centimeters (35th).