World Two-pronged planning causes problems for Schalke

15:30  23 january  2021
15:30  23 january  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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In difficult times, Christian Gross goes ahead in a good mood.

Gibt sich trotz bedrohlicher Lage optimistisch Schalke-Coach Christian Gross. © Guido Kirchner / dpa Schalke coach Christian Gross is optimistic despite the threatening situation.

Although his team, already beaten in the relegation battle, is threatened with the next setback in the game against record champions FC Bayern on Sunday (3:30 p.m.), the new coach of FC Schalke 04 demonstratively spreads confidence: “Always positive. I find it extremely difficult to deal with pessimists. I try not to let them into my environment if possible. " The Swiss is in good spirits that he has transferred this credo to his team: “They believe in the goal. We all know how difficult it is, but she believes in it. "

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The situation of the bottom of the table, who played in the Champions League in 2019, actually seems hopeless. Never before in the long history of the league did a team hold up class with just seven points after the first half of the season. The depressing 1: 2 in the basement duel with 1. FC Köln increased the gap to a non-relegation place to a lush ten points.

In addition, the Revierclub will play five times against teams from the top third of the table in the next six games. The fact that there was an 8-0 defeat in the first leg at Bayern and that the last nine games against Munich were all lost with a total of 2:30 goals does not scare Gross. “You always have an opportunity in football. It's a new game, a new dramaturgy. " When asked whether his team is even threatened with double-digit slap this time, the 66-year-old reacted with incomprehension: "What should I answer?"

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Similar to Gross, the club management has not yet given up hope for a wonderful happy ending. Despite financial hardship, she continues to work on strengthening the management. After the return of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Sead Kolasinac, the Revierclub is interested in loaning Brazilian right-back William from VfL Wolfsburg. “Schalke asked,” confirmed VfL manager Jörg Schmadtke on the “Sportbuzzer” internet portal.

At the same time, the traditional club would do well to plan in two directions. When creating a concept for the 2nd division, however, there are plenty of complications. After all, both the future of coach Gross and that of sports director Jochen Schneider is open. The coach's contract ends on June 30th. Weeks ago Schneider had linked his future to remaining in the class. The fact that Schalke are also looking for a sports director who could advance the squad planning fits into the image of a wavering club.

Because in the case of relegation, there is a risk of slumps in both TV funds and sponsorship income, Schalke would be dependent on transfer proceeds. However, a loss of many top performers would reduce athletic competitiveness.

According to CFO Christina Rühl-Hamers, the former industry giant, with over 200 million euros in debt, could cope with a decline, but would be forced to undertake extensive renovation work if it stayed in the lower house for a longer period of time. “When it comes to a season in the second division, I'm convinced that Schalke 04 could do it without having to change too many concepts and structures. Of course, at some point you would also have to deal with the question of what if the direct re-promotion did not succeed, ”said Rühl-Hamers to the“ kicker ”.

Kabak before moving to Liverpool - Mustafi should come as a replacement .
Ozan Kabak (20) will probably leave FC Schalke 04 in winter. Shkodran Mustafi (28) should come as a replacement. © imago images Came in 2019 from VfB Stuttgart to FC Schalke: Ozan Kabak. After a year and a half, Ozan Kabak will apparently leave Schalke again and open a new chapter in the Premier League. Liverpool FC, desperately looking for central defenders, want to loan the Turks.

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