•   
  •   

World Frankfurt wasn't an opponent for Schalke - and yet it needs points

22:15  18 january  2021
22:15  18 january  2021 Source:   sport1.de

Valencia wants Mascarell! Schalke captain not averse

 Valencia wants Mascarell! Schalke captain not averse Apparently there could be an unexpected exit to Schalke in the transfer winter: Sky- information says Valencia wants to make an offer for captain Omar Mascarell - who in turn would like to go back to his Spanish homeland. © Provided by 90min Omar Mascarell could leave Schalke for Valencia at short notice | Christof Koepsel / Getty Images For weeks and months Ozan Kabak was the first candidate when it came to a winter sale at FC Schalke 04 .

The 3-1 defeat against Frankfurt was ultimately deserved from Schalke's point of view and not really surprising. But Eintracht was not an opponent that the miners can compete with at the moment - and still, points are needed every now and then in such games, otherwise relegation remains a distant wish.

Christian Gross muss mit Schalke auch aber nicht nur gegen direkte Konkurrenten punkten | KAI PFAFFENBACH/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Christian Gross has to score with Schalke but not only against direct competitors | KAI PFAFFENBACH / Getty Images

It was all in all a very tough and harmless appearance that Schalke 04 put on the pitch on Sunday evening in a duel with Eintracht Frankfurt . The squires ran a little more than the hosts, they also attracted more sprints - but in all other matters, with shots on goal and general goal danger, the duels such as passes and above all with the game shares, the SGE was ultimately the clearly superior team. The 1: 3 defeat from S04's point of view was deserved, as the interim equalizer was scored with the only shot on goal (by Matthew Hoppe).

Bayer against Frankfurt: Bundesliga hit in the cup

 Bayer against Frankfurt: Bundesliga hit in the cup Bayer Leverkusen host Eintracht Frankfurt in the second round in the DFB Cup. Factory club coach Peter Bosz is already praising the title as a goal. © Provided by sport1.de Bayer against Frankfurt: Bundesliga hit in the Cup Bayer Leverkusen's last title was 27 years ago: In 1993 the Werkself won the DFB Cup. Since then Vizekusen has remained untitled. That should change now! In the catch-up game of the second round of the DFB Cup, Bayer welcomes Eintracht from Frankfurt.

After the game, there was a fitting conclusion, which is as short as it is correct: Frankfurt, especially in its current form, is not an opponent that Schalke can compare or measure with. The home win of the Hessen was not only deserved, but also not surprising. The fact that a team, which after 30 (!) Winless games and the associated manner of the respective appearances, finally gets a threesome again, does not go straight to the next convincing victory, was more a wish than a reality.

Gegen Frankfurt musste sich S04-Coach Christian Gross geschlagen geben | Pool/Getty Images © Pool / Getty Images Against Frankfurt S04 coach Christian Gross had to admit defeat | Pool / Getty Images Schalke are not at eye level with many opponents - and yet points are needed here and there against the favorites

The focus of Royal Blue must primarily be on the encounters with the direct competitors. On Wednesday, for example, the 1. FC Köln is waiting, which is currently also frail and weak. So it can be assumed that Schalke will have a realistic chance of winning this game and keeping the three points in the Veltins Arena. It is now a must to win the games against teams from the lower third - a draw is not enough if you want to keep the class.

Frankfurt wasn't an opponent for Schalke - and yet it needs points

 Frankfurt wasn't an opponent for Schalke - and yet it needs points The 3-1 defeat against Frankfurt was ultimately deserved from Schalke's point of view and not really surprising. But Eintracht was not an opponent that the miners can compete with at the moment - and still, points are needed every now and then in such games, otherwise relegation remains a distant wish.

A problem, which is currently a bit in the background, but is and will be at least as important as successes against the competitors from the table cellar: One or the other point or even victory against a team that you don't necessarily expect . Due to the catastrophic season so far, the club has put itself in a situation in which it will most likely not be enough to just win the so-called "six-point games" - especially since these are not won with the left wing.

Erfolge wie gegen Hoffenheim braucht Schalke auch gegen größere Favoriten | Lars Baron/Getty Images © Lars Baron / Getty Images Success like against Hoffenheim also needs Schalke against bigger favorites | Lars Baron / Getty Images

Statistically speaking, Schalke would have to get around 23 points in order to have a realistic chance of staying up with a total of 30 points. That means, for example, seven wins and two draws, with 18 open games. You quickly notice: You also need (partial) success in games in which you would not have expected it beforehand.

Bundesliga: Schalke 04 surrenders Ahmed Kutucu

 Bundesliga: Schalke 04 surrenders Ahmed Kutucu FC Schalke 04 is likely to surrender to the Netherlands after Ahmed Kutucu. Rafinha will probably not return and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could make his debut against FC Bayern. Here you can find all the news and rumors about Schalke 04. © Provided by SPOX Ahmed Kutucu will probably join Heracles Almelo. Schalke 04 gives up Ahmed Kutucu Ahmed Kutucu leaves according to media reports from Sky and Sport1 , according to Schalke 04. The offensive player is therefore switching to Heracles Almelo.

Mainz 05 , for example, still tied on points with S04, won a draw against BVB and a win against SC Freiburg in November. The Cologne team even won against Dortmund at the end of November, then took a point against VfL Wolfsburg and also against RB Leipzig . Arminia Bielefeld wins against Hertha BSC , forces Eintracht and TSG Hoffenheim to draw and wins against direct rivals Mainz and Schalke.

It becomes clear at a glance that this is a problem for royal blue that should by no means be underestimated. You have to win against Cologne on Wednesday in order to keep up and pull your NRW neighbors down to you. Such progress is fundamentally important, but primarily difficult enough. In the next few weeks, it will be even more difficult that other clubs that are fighting to stay in the league score points here and there and thus work out small but very fine advantages at the end of the season. A danger that is currently underestimated, but will become very clear at the start of the second half of the season at the latest.

Huntelaar on the podium - return to the site of the last victory .
In November 2019, FC Schalke 04 celebrated their last away win in the Bundesliga so far. After 19 games without a threesome, the circle should come full on Saturday at the place where the Royal Blues were last allowed to cheer: Bremen. Returning Klaas-Jan Huntelaar sends positive signals. © picture-alliance Should have cured his calf problems: Schalke's striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar. When FC Schalke 04 celebrated their last away win in the Bundesliga, the royal blue world was still in order.

usr: 0
This is interesting!