Mike Büskens: That’s why I love this club so much

There was no limit to the celebrations when Simon Terodde poked home the winner to secure Schalke all three points in a 2-1 win on Friday evening (29/04). Head coach Mike Büskens still struggled to find the words a few minutes after full time, while Danny Latza and Marius Bülter were full of joy. The trio also underlined the fact that nothing had been achieved yet and that the focus must remain. Sandhausen head coach Alois Schwartz also gave his thoughts on the game. schalke04.de has summarised the post-game reaction.

Mike Büskens

Mike Büskens:

SV Sandhausen asked everything of us in what was a game driven by emotion from both sides. You are never fully safe after taking the one-goal lead. Our opponents have shown time and time again in recent weeks that they can come up with the right answer in the decisive moments and they did that today. After the equaliser, we didn’t shy away and got our reward in the end. After the winning goal there was no limit to the celebrations. It was pure emotion that just had to be let out. Experiencing moments like this are the days when you remember that you’re a part of the greatest club in the world. It’s just incredible. The huge amount of fans at an away game, the atmosphere, that’s what Schalke is all about. A thousand ‘thank you’s for the support. This is the reason why I love this club so much.

Simon Terodde isn’t top of the goalscoring charts for no reason. His finishing is brilliant. But he also knows that he has good teammates who can create good chances for him. The boys are a great team. We have two games left to play. We haven’t achieved anything yet and we have to keep our mood at this level. Today we’ll celebrate the result and tomorrow we’ll shift our attentions to St. Pauli. That is a game where we will need to bring the same passion as we did today. If we do so, we can achieve a lot together with our fans.

Alois Schwartz:

We wanted to take on a fight against a team who play good football. Unfortunately we didn’t start well and were too passive. Midway through the first half, the game was even. We brought more calmness into our play and went into the break at 0-0. After going behind, we didn’t give up and came back into it – that shows who we are. It makes it even tougher to take that we were punished in the 92nd minute. We have two games left where we need to get the points to achieve our goals.

Danny Latza:

It was a tough task to take three points home from Sandhausen. After their equaliser we didn’t give up and continued to believe in ourselves and showed morale. When the ball went in just before full time, everyone erupted. It was simply amazing, just like the fans’ support. Now we have two games left which we’ll go into with full focus. We can celebrate today, and tomorrow we’ll begin our preparation for the home game against St. Pauli.

Marius Bülter:

When you score the opening goal quarter of an hour from full time, then concede an equaliser soon after, only to score the winning goal after that, it’s just an incredible feeling. The atmosphere after our second goal was amazing. That pushes us all on so much. Despite all the euphoria, we know that we haven’t achieved anything yet. Everything is very tight at the top end of the table. The game against St. Pauli and Nürnberg will be anything but easy. Therefore, we’re not banking on or looking at any other teams. It was and still is important that we focus solely on ourselves.

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