Karel Geraerts: My players were on it from the word go

A full spectrum of emotions was on show following FC Schalke 04’s 4-0 win over VfL Osnabrück on Tuesday (7/5). The Royal Blues were feeling a great deal of relief after mathematically guaranteeing their spot in the 2. Bundesliga for next year, whereas disappointment is the overriding emotion for the Purple-Whites, whose relegation to the 3- Liga was sealed with the loss at the Millerntor-Stadion. We’ve collated all the post-match reaction here.

Karel Geraerts:

It was a special game today. Playing without the fans was strange, but my players were on it from the word go. That made the difference today. The strategy for the second half was clear – we wanted to get a third goal. The past few weeks have been very intense. Everyone – the players and the coaching staff – have done a good job. The season’s not over yet and we’ve a game against Rostock to look forward to this weekend. We want to win our next two games.

Uwe Koschinat:

You always want to fight for any and every opportunity, which is why today is such a tough one to take. We were out of the game pretty much as soon as it started. Now, everyone’s feeling pretty empty. The team showed time and again that they’re a team – that’s always going to be the case.

Marius Müller:

We’ve got to bear some things – notably the tactics and internal processes – that have developed towards the end of the campaign in mind. Then, we’ve got to make sure that we bring them to the table from the very first day of training we have next season. We’ve got to pull together. We brought the energy to the pitch from the outset thanks to the amazing start we had and after that we controlled the flow of the match really well.

Simon Terodde:

We’ve had to really roll with the punches this season, which was mostly our own fault. We’ve steadied the ship a lot, especially over the past six matches, which was incredibly important. We’ve opted for an approach that’s pretty simple and that brings our strengths to the fore. We take very few risks at the back, use our physicality up front to win loose balls and then go from there. The last six matches have gone well. It makes me even more proud of the team and the coaching staff, because it wasn’t always a given that we’d be safe from the drop with two games to go.

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