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12:55  25 february  2021
12:55  25 february  2021 Source:   90min.de

Schalke receives Mainz: Between optimism and worries

 Schalke receives Mainz: Between optimism and worries The game between Schalke and Mainz is not only THE basement duel, but from Schalke's point of view also pioneering whether it could get even tighter in the relegation battle. Dimitrios Grammozis is about to make his first appearance as S04 coach, which means that some worries have not vanished into thin air, but are at least mixed with a little cautious optimism.

After the derby was also lost, Schalke is finally faced with the often-invoked crossroads. If it is not possible to collect enough points over the next three or four games to make it to the relegation place, the last spark of hope is gone.

Auf Christian Gross und Schalke warten vorentscheidende Wochen | INA FASSBENDER/Getty Images © Provided by 90min Preliminary weeks are waiting for Christian Gross and Schalke | INA FASSBENDER / Getty Images

Already in several games Schalke 04 said either they score three points or there won't be enough opportunities to catch up. The December week with duels against direct competitors from the lower third of the table and the game against 1. FC Köln on the 17th matchday stayed particularly in my head. At the time, they were considered the distinctive "point of no return". BUY

Ibisevic, Caligiuri, Embolo: Schneider speaks openly about spicy personalities

 Ibisevic, Caligiuri, Embolo: Schneider speaks openly about spicy personalities On Tuesday afternoon, Schalke announced the separation from sports director Jochen Schneider, in the evening he still answered questions from S04 members. He also went into several spicy personalities from the past. © imago images No oil well found: Schalke's sports director Jochen Schneider. In the Schalke format "MitGEredet digital", for example, Schneider explained why Vedad Ibisevic separated.

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As presumptuous as it sounds with the previous performances, it is also true: Royal Blue still has a chance of staying up. They are dwindling weekly and they have already shrunk massively, but they are still there. Nine points from 22 games, catastrophically bad. Currently there are another nine points as a distance to the relegation place. That means: win at least three times more than the direct competition.

Schalke-Maskottchen Erwin kann auch nicht mehr zuschauen... | Lars Baron/Getty Images © Lars Baron / Getty Images Schalke mascot Erwin can no longer watch either ... | Lars Baron / Getty Images

Christian Gross and his players are combative both before and after each game. You still believe in salvation, you don't give up, you fight "to the perhaps bitter end," said the coach recently. From the outside it is difficult to say whether it is more the phrases or actually the conviction of those responsible that speaks. But one thing must be noted: they can still act combative.

Schalke coach Gross with a message to the team: "Openness and directness are the best means"

 Schalke coach Gross with a message to the team: Before the important league game of FC Schalke 04 in Stuttgart, Christian Gross was confronted with the rumors circulating on Friday evening , according to which his own players have asked Jochen Schneider, the sports director behind his back, for a change of coach. © Provided by 90min ANNEGRET HILSE / Getty Images You could already guess from his presentation that Gross is not really the ideal solution for the mammoth task at Schalke.

After the next three or four games, things could look very different.

The current Schalke goal: real chance of catching up

In this phase of the season, the S04 is primarily concerned with securing the theoretical chance of a relegation place. Relegation as such can no longer be the goal for a long time; it has become the mathematical possibility to catch up.

And the next games will be about this possibility. On Saturday the VfB Stuttgart is waiting, a climber who normally would have to be beaten and yet seems to be so hasty. The next Friday there will be a direct duel with Mainz 05 , which thanks to good performances and several points from the last few weeks can justifiably hope for a final sprint. Then the VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach wait.

Schalke steht längst mit dem Rücken zur Wand | LEON KUEGELER/Getty Images © LEON KUEGELER / Getty Images Schalke has long since had his back to the wall | LEON KUEGELER / Getty Images

Even if you have heard it often as a Schalke player: The weeks will be decisive. Not maybe, not possibly - but actually. The absolutely necessary mandate is clear: These four games must be used to move noticeably closer to 16th place in the table. Only in this way is it still possible at all to take very important points with you in a final sprint - when comparatively easier opponents come at the end.

Schalke coach Gross excludes his own resignation

 Schalke coach Gross excludes his own resignation coach Christian Gross has ruled out a resignation at FC Schalke 04. “No, I've never thought about that. No, no, ”the head coach of the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga answered a question on the Saturday before the game at VfB Stuttgart on Sky TV. The 66-year-old Swiss did not go into the content of the reports about a replacement allegedly demanded by several leading players. He would like more clarity, "if it was so," said Gross.

Get out of theory and into practice: It is extremely unrealistic that this important intermediate step will succeed. On the one hand, because the Gelsenkircheners in the current constitution, including the bad luck with injuries, cannot realistically be expected to win a single victory. No matter who it is against. On the other hand, because competitors like an up-and-coming Mainz have a noticeably simpler program in front of them in the same weeks (at least on paper).

There is a risk of the final step before the descent is determined sooner or later mathematically: The gap between 18th place and the possibly saving bank could widen even further. If Schalke doesn't get at least four, five, even six points more than Mainz and of course Arminia Bielefeld in these weeks, even the fan with the biggest blue and white glasses no longer needs to believe in relegation.

Flick: "Nübel knew what he was getting into when he signed for Bayern" .
© Provided by Sofoot Things are clear. This week, many German media reported the annoyance of Alexander Nübel, second goalkeeper of Bayern Munich, concerning his lack of playing time. Present at a press conference this Friday, Hans-Dieter Flick made a point of putting the things to be clear about the hierarchy of the position: “These are things that we discuss internally. Alexander has the right to state his point of view.

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