What has been clear for months is now imminent. On Tuesday, the relegation of Schalke 04 from the Bundesliga can be sealed.
If even the opponent pityingly starts the swan song, then the end must be near. “I will miss you very much,” said coach Christian Streich from SC Freiburg after the 4-0 (2-0) win against Schalke 04: “I wish you from the bottom of my heart that you come back quickly. Schalke is such a big club with a whole lot , really big story. “
A completely inglorious chapter to this story could already be added on Tuesday – a defeat at Arminia Bielefeld (8.30 p.m. in the live ticker) would seal the Royal Blues’ first relegation from the Bundesliga since 1988. What has been inevitable for months as a result of a horror season is now imminent. Those involved also know that at the bottom of the beaten track.
“Everything will happen when it’s supposed to happen,” said the disaffected and depressed coach Dimitrios Grammozis after the again desolate performance with a view to the impending low point: “We have always been realistic in the past few weeks and have planned two tracks.”
First of all, however, it was once again a matter of apologizing. “We have to apologize to the fans for this performance,” said Grammozis, commenting on the 20th season defeat with which S04 set its negative record from the 1982/83 season. Ralf Fährmann didn’t want to gloss over anything either. “We had no chance and we weren’t competitive,” admitted the goalkeeper after the disastrous performance that national coach Joachim Löw had only done for one half.
Schalke 04 “no chance and not competitive”
“Nothing has improved,” said the former national player Dietmar Hamann Sky. “I could imagine that there could be the next coach in the summer,” said the vice-world champion from 2002: “You can’t go to the second division like that.”
In fact, there seems to be a great danger that Grammozis could be “burned” before going into the second class. In all the hustle and bustle about the complete replacement of the club leadership, it could have been an additional mistake to install the Grammozis, which was actually intended for the rebuilding in the lower house, as the fifth coach this season.
After all, when Grammozis were signed in early March, it was already clear that there would be more bankruptcies. Should the coach stay, he will start the new season damaged. If the first setbacks occur, Grammozis should be counted immediately. Which would exacerbate the already difficult situation of the club, which depress liabilities of 217 million.
And so Streich’s hope for a quick return of Schalke seems to be deceptive. Ferryman is also aware of this and can basically only dream: “I hope that sunnier days will come again.”