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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.
In the half-time of the game between theand you could have asked the blue and white supporters how many points this team will get over the rest of the season. On average, the answer would have been a middle, single-digit number. Now the club is facing the basement duel against with a new coach who made a very nice first impression.
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Although nothing has changed in the meantime, except for the name of the trainer - no game, no outside insight - the points average that can still be expected for quite a few S04 fans should have increased. That's Schalke, that's the environment. Extremely emotional in all directions, within a few days of relegation with a maximum of two or three more points to the faint hope of being able to somehow manage to stay in the league.
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Before this Friday evening game, when the squires make the table 17. received, so there is a mixture of worry and a little optimism. And again these extremes emerge: With a victory the (actually already given) hope re-emerges that one could possibly move even closer to the relegation place. With a defeat this wish is finally history and you have to torment yourself through the rest of the season.
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Obvious weaknesses cannot be wiped away - Grammozis nevertheless provides some optimism and hope.
But first things first. Of course, the concerns revolve around the major weaknesses and problems of this season, which also seem to coincide with the second half of last year. At every nook and cranny, the Gelsenkircheners are the perfect example of a deserved relegation: hardly any scoring chances, and certainly not big chances. Goals conceded as far as the eye can see, a gross allergy to standard situations - both own and opponents - and the.
All factors that speak clearly and unambiguously in favor of relegation. Dimitrios Grammozis has been there for two days now and can't just flip the famous switch with these weaknesses - especially not for the game against the zero five. Making suggestions for improvement here and there, rehearsing one or the other action, that's the greatest feeling.
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It starts with a basement duel that is already the final for one team. But FC Schalke 04 is hoping for a coaching effect again. © Fabian Strauch / dpa At Schalke, the hope is for a new coach: Dimitrios Grammozis (M) gets the players in the mood. It continues with the German Clásico in the Bundesliga: Bayern against BVB.
At the same time, the fact that Mainz has visibly improved and stabilized since the clear cut at the end of December also plays a role in the worries. Of course you couldn't march out of the relegation zone, but here and there points were scored, including those that you didn't expect. In between, the club was one point behind Schalke. Last weekend they could have won 15th place in the table.
So where does this touch of optimism come from that will accompany the bottom of the table in this game? Mainly from the change of coach, of course. Even if Grammozis, as already explained, has hardly changed anything in these two or three training units, it is the breath of fresh air from a (young) trainer who is apparently really interested in this task, which gives us some hope again.
The question will be whether this will also be carried over to the team. After all, this has a complicated and by no means to be underestimated task ahead of it, even if "only" the penultimate comes to the Veltins-Arena.
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