Ralf Fährmann: “We will take on the next challenges together”
Ralf Fährmann will have imagined his first game after signing his newly adjusted contract, which was announced at the start of the week, would go a little differently. The Schalke 04 keeper and his team had to settle for a 1-1 draw against FC Erzgebirge Aue on Friday (13th August). “We were playing at home and we expected more from ourselves,” commented the 32-year-old. “So naturally, we are very disappointed.”
Reflecting on the game at the VELTINS-Arena, Fährmann thought the Royal Blues were in control for the first hour. “We did very well up to the 60th minute. We had it in our own hands, but then we let it slip. It was a poor final half hour from us,” Fährmann did not hesitate to criticise both his and the team’s performance. “Aue punished us. It doesn’t matter who you are playing against; you have to keep your concentration until the final whistle. At the end of the game we were too passive, and we can’t let that happen in future.”
It doesn’t matter who you are playing against; you have to keep your concentration until the final whistle.
Fährmann emphasises that every player needs to put in the work and that they will stick together as a team. “We are not pointing fingers at each other, but instead we will take on the next challenges together,” the goalkeeper added, who said that signing his new contract “came from the heart”.
Ralle wants to make positive headlines
“Everyone knows how important FC Schalke 04 is to me and what it means to me,” said Fährmann, who joined the club as a youth prospect from Chemnitz aged just 14 and rose all the way up to the first team. Because of this, he had no problem agreeing to the restructuring of his wages. The adjusted contract also includes an extension up to the end of the 2024/25 season.
“The club’s future prospects are important to me and that’s what I discussed with Rouven Schröder,” commented Fährmann, who wants to help make positive headlines with Schalke again in the coming years following their relegation to the second division. “There’s still a lot I want to achieve with this team and for this club. I hope to play my part in making this happen,” added the 32-year-old.