Gerald Asamoah: We worked really well as a team
Matthias Kreutzer took charge of the Royal Blues in Mike Büskens’ absence (Covid-19 infection) on Sunday (13/3) for the 3-0 win at Ingolstadt. The 39-year-old spoke to the media after the game, whilst his counterpart Rüdiger Rehm gave his thoughts too. schalke04.de have also summarised quotes from Gerald Asamoah and Simon Terodde.
We started the game well and had a good chance early on when Simon Terodde hit the bar. After that though, we didn’t produce much in the first half. The second half was a lot better and we therefore deserved to win the game after a strong and committed week in training. We spoke about the fact that all the players are important beforehand and that was shown to be the case once again. Rodrigo Zalazar played a big part in the win with his goal and two assists. I’m pleased that he did well, but also that the team did.
It was a new situation for me today, but the routine was still the same. I’ve been assistant coach for a number of years now and it wasn’t anything I hadn’t known before. This week has gone so quickly with Dimitrios Grammozis’ departure and Mike Büskens’ Covid-19 infection, so I’ve not had much time to think about it all. For me, it was important that we all travelled to Ingolstadt prepared. Our whole team worked really well together and we all supported one another. Our match analyst Lars Gerling was on the bench this time, he was in contact with Mike Büskens. Buyo & I spoke a lot before this game and it was clear that we had similar ideas for this match.
We put our plan into action well before the break. We wanted to keep things tight and be strong at the back. As a result, they only had one chance, when they hit the bar with a header. We kept Simon Terodde under control for the whole game, but maybe forgot about one or two other players, and they have lots of quality on the pitch. Ultimately, that quality shone through, even if one or two of their goals were slightly unlucky from our perspective, such as the deflected one. Schalke scored their goals at the right moments today. We know that we’re in a really precarious position. We need to look ahead and do the best we can over the final few games.
We knew what to expect. We struggled against a compact Ingolstadt side in the first half. The lads were disappointed at the break in the dressing room, but we sensed they wanted to get it done. Matthias Kreutzer gave a great team talk. We worked really well as a team overall. This win was important for our aims. We were the team that won this weekend when others around us dropped points, which was the opposite last weekend. We will continue to take things game by game. Hannover are up next and we want to beat them too.
Our coaching team made a great decision by bringing on Rodrigo Zalazar. He made it 1-0 only a few minutes after coming on. That goal was really important for us and for the game.