Royal Grey Schalke: Only One Has The Guts…

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 02: Domenico Tedesco, Manager of FC Schalke 04 acknowledges the fans after the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Veltins-Arena on March 02, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

FC Schalke 04 continue to stumble through the Bundesliga second half! On Saturday it set for “royal blue” 0: 4 (0: 1) against promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf. This is the worst record for the district club since 1983 perfect. The strongest performance is on Schalke side only after the final whistle.

You have to bring that first. In Dortmund Fankreisen that would be classified under the heading “test of courage” or “joke to bachelor party”. After the 0: 4 (0: 1) goes Schalkes coach Domenico Tedesco (33) in the raging northern curve in the Veltins Arena.

With apologetic gestures and stony eyes, the critically-minded coach tries to tame the people’s anger. A sad picture at the end of a desolate game for “royal blue”.

Many observers see the fact that the Schalke players have not followed their coach in the difficult corner into the corner as a clear indication that the band between Tedesco and the runner-up team is torn. “This gesture,” says manager Legend Reiner Calmund, 70, of Sky, “I apologize for saying he’s sorry, what my team has offered you all today. You cannot change that, but it has style. “

Trainer Jürgen Sundermann (li.) mit Werner Lorant (beide Schalke)  in der Saison 1982/83.
Bildnummer: 00392534 Datum: 15.06.1983 Copyright: imago/WEREK Trainer Jürgen Sundermann (li.) mit Werner Lorant (beide Schalke); Vneg, Vsw, quer, Coach Saison 1982/1983, FC Schalke 04 Fußball 1. BL Herren Mannschaft Deutschland Gruppenbild Randmotiv Personen

Disastrous conclusion: Schalke plays the arena empty...

Nicht alle Schalke-Fans wollten beim 0:4 gegen Fortuna Düsseldorf bis zum Schluss bleiben...
GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - MARCH 02: FC Schalke 04 fans leave the stadium early during the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Fortuna Duesseldorf at Veltins-Arena on March 02, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The numbers alone would actually be enough to move Schalke’s new sports director Jochen Schneider to action.

For 6 games Schalke 04 is waiting for a victory. The last 3 home games (against Gladbach, Freiburg and Dusseldorf) you remain without your own goal. This is set club record negative. In the last two games you conceded against Mainz 05 and Fortuna Dusseldorf a total of 7 goals.

23 points from 24 games mean the worst Schalke season performance in 36 years! The Rumpel football, the 1982/83 season stars such as Norbert Nigbur, Bernard Dietz, Wolfram Wuttke († 2015) and Werner Lorant deliver, incidentally ends on the relegation place and the descent in 2 duels against Bayer 05 Uerdingen…

“I cannot imagine that it is the first official act of Jochen Schneider to fire the coach,” says former Schalke professional and Vice World Champion Christoph Metzelder, “Tedesco has stood in front of the team.”


Tedesco: "I'm not one who pisses himself off"

MAINZ, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: Domenico Tedesco, Manager of FC Schalke 04 looks dejected following the Bundesliga match between 1. FSV Mainz 05 and FC Schalke 04 at Opel Arena on February 23, 2019 in Mainz, Germany. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Metzelder goes on to say, “I’ve seen it myself and I know how hard it is for players to make those last 15 yards to the curve, that’s an outlet for the fans and you have to endure that as a player.”

For Tedesco, his journey into the troubled Schalke turn is not a feat, but a necessity. “That was the least we could do today,” says the ailing runner-up coach later in the Sky interview, “we cannot be proud of this achievement, we were discouraged and inhibited.”

However, he does not think of a voluntary resignation: “I am not one who pisses himself off.”

Last Saturday, Schalke just before the weak performance at Mainz 05 announced the separation of sports director Christian Heidel (55).

Ligalive-Infografik: Team Performance FC Schalke 04, Bundesliga-Saison 2018/2019

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