Karel Geraerts: We want to finish the season positively

The last game of the season on Sunday (19/5, 15:30 CEST) doesn’t carry much importance in terms of the table for SpVgg Greuther Fürth and FC Schalke 04. However, S04 head coach Karel Geraerts doesn’t want his side to give anything away. “We want to finish the season positively,” emphasised the 42-year-old ahead of the clash at the Sportpark Ronhof.

Geraerts explained that a huge weight has been lifted off the team’s shoulders after securing survival against Osnabrück and the emotional home game against Hansa Rostock. It’s now important to give everything again in order to end the season with three consecutive wins. A win would secure a tenth-placed finish for the Royal Blues.

Geraerts showed his satisfaction with his team’s performances and attitude in the last few weeks. “The team made a pact and recognised that they can only be successful together,” Schalke’s head coach explained. The situation hasn’t been easy for a lot of players, “but they’ve come together – and that’s been our strength”.

Several players doubtful

Geraerts is hoping for an open game between two teams who have nothing to lose – albeit with a positive outcome for the Royal Blues. The Belgian labelled the opposition as one of the strongest teams in the second division. “They often change positions, which makes it difficult to defend against them,” Geraerts said.

Schalke’s head coach will have to do without several players alongside the long-term absentees. A decision on the injured Derry John Murkin will be made following the final training session. Tomas Kalas, Thomas Ouwejan and Assan Ouédraogo, who picked up an ankle knock against Rostock, are all doubts.

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