Gerald Asamoah: Our team spirit has got us to where we are

It looked like it would be one of those days against FC St. Pauli on Saturday (7/5) when Schalke were 2-0 down in the first half, had a goal ruled out for handball and missed a number of good chances. Nevertheless, the players and fans kept their heads up and believed in the comeback. “The atmosphere was unbelievable,” said Gerald Asamoah. “The fans pushed us on to help us win the game.”

Gerald Asamoah

A brace from Simon Terodde and a thunderous strike from substitute Rodrigo Zalazar turned the game around for the Royal Blues. The 3-2 victory sealed promotion back to the Bundesliga after a year away.

Jubilation at full time

When referee Marco Fritz blew the final whistle at 22:26 CEST on Saturday night, the VELTINS-Arena exploded with emotions. “I cried a lot,” revealed Asamoah. This match and the 2-1 win over SV Sandhausen a week ago took their toll on everyone involved with the club.

The reward for Schalke’s toils certainly makes it worth it. After one year away, the Royal Blues are back in the Bundesliga. One or two cold Veltins were consumed after the game to celebrate the success.

We’ve got a great group. They all fight for one another.

Gerald Asamoah

A decisive factor in the promotion race was the team’s character, according to Asamoah. “We’ve got a great group. They all fight for another. Our team spirit has got us to where we are now,” praised the first-team manager. The team will return to training on Wednesday (11/5), having earned a few days off in Asamoah’s words. The ex-S04 player also feels that the coaching team will benefit from this time off.

Chance for the title in Nürnberg

The lads should return fully refreshed to prepare for the final game of the season. “We want to put in a great performance in Nürnberg,” stated Asamoah. The Knappen will have the chance to end this season with the 2. Bundesliga title on Sunday.

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