Again no victory, the negative record is set: The crisis-ridden runner-up Schalke 04 missed his first points win on the fifth matchday of the Bundesliga. The team of Domenico Tedesco, who is under increasing pressure, lost 0:1 (0:0) at SC Freiburg on Tuesday. So far, the royal blues have only started this badly once – two years ago.
Florian Niederlechner (52nd) scored for Freiburg and turned the game upside down. Hamza Mendyl (41st) and former Freiburg player Daniel Caligiuri (45+2) had previously hit the post for the Schalkers, who are now even more under pressure in their next game on Saturday (15.30/Sky) against FSV Mainz 05.
Tedesco had tried everything before the kick-off whistle and turned his starting eleven upside down to six positions in comparison to the recent bankruptcy against Bayern Munich (0:2), including defensive boss Naldo and Sebastian Rudy, a newcomer for millions, only sitting on the bench. In addition, the coach completely eliminated the Argentinian attacker Franco Di Santo from the squad as a result of the verbal dispute.
However, the personnel changes, coupled with a tactically more offensive orientation, did not yield a profit at first. Although Cedric Teuchert scored a goal (6th) with the first chance of the match, he was disqualified due to an offside position according to the video images. Tedesco, of course, didn’t mind, he applauded the action loudly and asked his players to keep up the pressure.
The guests were only able to do this to a limited extent. The attacks looked promising, but in the last third of the pitch the balls were played too inaccurately at the top or too often crosswise. This gave the Freiburgers the opportunity to counterattack, which often resulted in a final thanks to the speedy switchover.
Matija Nastasic Honours
- Premier League: 2013–14
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Obviously because of this danger, the Schalkers controlled their attacks after a good half hour and were again more focused on defensive stability. As a result, the quality and speed of the game declined and only the two post shots shortly before half time caused a stir again.
The Freiburgers came better out of the cabin and were promptly rewarded with the Niederlechner dusters. This had been preceded by a goalkeeper error by Ralf Fährmann, who unfortunately fended off Christian Günter’s long-range shot in Niederlechner’s feet. Check the Rizk Casino for more details.
Tedesco was puzzled by the unfortunate backlog, the 33-year-old tigered nervously around his coaching zone, apparently in search of the redeeming move. His charges could have used it well, as they were still acting without any plan after Matija Nastasic’s 63rd free-kick.