Almost a full squad to choose from for Dimitrios Grammozis against KSC

Schalke 04 travel to the BBBank Wildpark this Saturday to face Karlsruhe SC (13:30 CET). The team from Baden ran away 2-1 winners when the sides met at the VELTINS-Arena earlier in the season, but this time, the fans can hope for a better outcome. “From the very first minute, we need to show that we want to win the game,” urged Dimitrios Grammozis.

Dimitrios Grammozis

The hosts, who are coming into the fixture off the back of two straight wins (4-1 vs. Nürnberg and 2-0 vs. Holstein Kiel), are currently sat in ninth position. “KSC have looked very solid recently and they will of course want to get the better of us for the second time this season,” Grammozis warned. The coach, together with his squad of players, will want to do everything they can to put in a better performance against Karlsruhe this time around. “We are a much better team now than we were in the first half of the season. Our newly assembled team needed time to develop and that is a completely normal process. You can’t compare how the team is now with how it was in the first half of the season.”

You can’t compare how the team is now with how it was in the first half of the season.

Dimitrios Grammozis

It is now important that the team brings its quality to the pitch. After a good week in training, the Royal Blues must take the momentum from their 2-0 victory over Paderborn to Karlsruhe. “We are back on track after the defeat in Düsseldorf. We need to keep it this way!” asserted the 43-year-old.

Schalke sit fifth in the league table and are only two points behind leaders Werder Bremen. Just four points separate the top six, with goal difference separating second, third and fourth. “The current table is just a side note. We are a really ambitious side and purely focused on winning every game. But that’s what all the other teams are competing for too. The important thing is that we show how much we want it on the pitch,” said the boss.

Three players ruled out, Pálsson could return

Grammozis will have almost a full squad of players to choose from at the weekend, apart from Mehmet Can Aydin (thigh), Andreas Vindheim (calf) and Michael Langer (rehab after a cruciate ligament tear), who are all suffering long-term injuries.

There is also hope that Victor Pálsson could return to the team. The Iceland international, who missed the game against Paderborn due to thigh problems, has passed a fitness test and should be able to rejoin training before they travel to Karlsruhe.


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