Rouven Schröder: Haven’t achieved anything yet and need to stay focused

Rouven Schröder described the support from the fans during last weekend’s defeat to Werder Bremen as giving him “full body chills,” and the sporting director was equally touched by the support from the stands during Friday’s (29/4) 2-1 win in Sandhausen. “It’s indescribable, what our fans created here,” he said.

Rouven Schröder

The majority of the 12,355 fans at the BWT-Stadion am Hardtwald were there in support of the Royal Blues, making the atmosphere like a home game for the Royal Blues. The crowning moment of the night was Simon Terodde’s late winner in injury time. “It’s just lovely to see such moments and to be able to experience them,” Schröder said about the post-match celebrations with the fans.

We need to remain grounded and be fully focused on the match.

Rouven Schröder

“Both the team and the fans absolutely deserved to have us score the winning goal in injury time, after the energy they brought. It’s fully deserved,” said the sporting director. However, he also warns of getting too caught up in the celebrations. “We can enjoy this feeling for a day, but then we need to focus on our next game against FC St. Pauli. There’s no alternative for us.” Despite the thrill of winning away in Sandhausen, Schröder emphasised “We haven’t achieved anything yet!” 

The team will now concentrate on preparing for Saturday’s (7/5, 20:30 CEST) home game against St. Pauli. “The VELTINS-Arena will be full and the fans will be behind us once again,” said Schröder. “We need to remain grounded and be fully focused on the match. Our heads have to be screwed on right. The lads know that as well.”

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