After an unprecedented crash with only two Bundesliga wins in 15 months, Schalke 04 landed in the second division. With the 0: 1 (0: 0) defeat at the newly promoted Arminia Bielefeld, the Royal Blues sealed the fourth relegation in their club history four rounds before the end of the season. The traditional club, a regular in the European Cup for almost two decades, is saying goodbye to the House of Lords after 30 years – as one of the worst relegated players in league history.
Schalke has also set a new negative record: For the 106th time, S04 now adorns the bottom of the table on a Bundesliga matchday, more often than anyone else before.
As soon as the final whistle sounded, the relegated Schalke had already disappeared into the dressing room: When the inevitable after an unprecedented crash with only two Bundesliga wins in 15 months was determined at 10:22 p.m., the permanent losers only wanted to leave. Only Timo Becker on the bench and the original Schalke Gerald Asamoah wept bitter tears of disappointment.
The latter said at Sky: “You have seen and experienced so much and you knew what to expect. But if you notice that it is over now, then it is brutal. I have never dreamed of such a time. Words fail me. It is simple hard. I can well imagine how many Schalke players sit in front of the television at home and cry. We have all disappointed, everyone has to question themselves. “
Asamoah continued: “Wearing the Schalke colors means a lot and the question arises whether everyone has understood what it means to play for this club. I am a guy who thinks positively and I am optimistic that we will be there come out. We are ready and we know what to expect. “
Schalkes Knäbel after relegation: “We mourn”
Coach Dimitrios Grammozis also mourned: “It is a very bitter hour for all Schalke players, especially for all fans, all employees. We are brutally disappointed that there is the certainty that we have to go to the 2nd Bundesliga. This moment is very, very bitter. You have to let it sink in first. We won’t give up a game, we won’t do anything that is not good for the club. “
Sports director Peter Knäbel said: “It didn’t happen here today, it became apparent, but it still hurts immensely. We mourn with our fans and members and all the people who are loyal to Schalke 04, both in good ones and especially now in this one bad times.”
Regarding the planning for the 2nd league, Knäbel said: “We are working a lot in the background on what will inevitably come now – the 2nd league scenario. We have so far done what we can do. We are now mourning for now – and give space to sadness, emotions, anger and disappointment. We will do everything we can to bring this club back to where it belongs. “
“It hurts even more than expected. Shit,” tweeted Schalke when the descent was certain. Sympathy came from the opponent: “I’m sorry for Schalke. It’s such a big club and they will play the Bundesliga again at some point,” said Bielefeld’s Manuel Prietl Sky.
Compared to the 4-0 defeat in Freiburg last Saturday, Grammozis surprisingly only changed his starting line-up to two positions. Ironically, Timo Becker and Can Bozdogan from their own offspring had to go on the bench.
The royal blues started out very subdued. The Bielefeld, who regularly score points under their new coach Frank Kramer, went to work much more self-confidently and purposefully. Manuel Prietl failed after a remarkable individual action against Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann (9th). Then Omar Mascarell blocked a shot from Ritsu Doan (13th) for the already beaten ferryman.
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Grammozis showed more commitment than his players, who tried again and again on the sidelines to motivate his team with loud instructions and frequent applause. That was mainly occupied with defensive tasks in their own half. The third good Bielefeld goal chance was missed by Andreas Voglsammer, whose Lupfer just missed the target (29th).
It was only after more than half an hour that captain Sead Kolasinac brought the ball to the Arminia goal for the first time, but without causing any problems for keeper Stefan Ortega (32nd). Fährmann had much more trouble, who blocked a shot from Voglsammer with his knee after a ricochet from Fabian Klos (35th).
Even after the break, the hosts remained the clear game-determining team. The 1-0 was preceded by a completely unnecessary loss of the ball by Omar Mascarell in midfield. Klos failed shortly before the end from the point on Ralf Fährmann, scored in the pursuit, but was offside.