Karel Geraerts: It wasn’t a good performance
Karel Geraerts and Marcel Rapp summarised Schalke 04's 1-0 away loss against Holstein Kiel on Sunday (11/2) after the final whistle. Marius Müller and Simon Terodde also spoke to journalists about the disappointing defeat.
The players tried everything. They worked hard today. It wasn’t a good performance, especially when we had the ball. We needed to play much better than that away from home against such a good side. Kiel had 22 shots, we only had five. It shows that we didn’t have a good day. The home match against Wehen Wiesbaden next weekend promises to be a proper fight and we’ve got to try and win.
We aimed to push ourselves to our limits because we knew that we’d have to. The boys did that impressively on the pitch today. We were aggressive, won the ball back a lot and were creative in possession.
I don’t know why we find it so difficult to play away from home. We’ve got a tough second half of the season coming up. We’ve got to try and find solutions, stop making so many mistakes and put in a completely different performance in our next match.
Kiel deserved to win. They were clearly the better side in the first half. Conceding from a set-piece is annoying. We worked very hard off the ball. If we’re being honest with ourselves, we didn’t manage to create enough going forward. After we went 1-0 down, we took our foot off the gas and hardly put any pressure on them.