Benito Raman: I hit it perfectly
After three draws in their last three home games, Schalke and David Wagner were celebrating once again on Friday (29/11). Both coaches reflected on the game afterwards, while Benito Raman and Bastian Oczipka also gave their post-match thoughts.
It was a difficult game, just as we’d expected. Union were the better team in the first period and had the better chances. We only had the one moment in the first half. Ozan Kabak set the ball back to Raman brilliantly for the goal. Their penalty shouldn’t have been given in my eyes.
We improved in the second half, because we changed our tactics slightly. We definitely could have taken the lead earlier than we did. Winning it so late on makes it even more enjoyable. The table is irrelevant for me at the moment. It only matters after 34 games, not 13.
Well done to David and Schalke. The win was slightly fortunate in the end, but not undeserved. My team played really well in the first half. We did a lot right and had chances to go ahead. Schalke didn’t really have an answer to us. After the break, things changed and they were a lot stronger. We had problems when they got going and made too many individual mistakes.
I’m really happy to score my first goal for Schalke in the VELTINS-Arena. It felt great. I hit the ball perfectly. It was a difficult game for us tonight and things didn’t go to plan in the first half really. We made a few changes at the break and they worked. I’m happy that we got our reward in the end. I think we ultimately deserved to win. Every game is helping me to get into my rhythm more and more.
The table is a nice snapshot of where things stand right now, but nothing more. We had to work hard tonight against a team from Berlin that has been strong in their last few matches. As a result, we’re even happier to have scored the winning goal in the final minutes. I’ll have to re-watch the play that led to them equalising. From my perspective, it looked as though Mati pulled back at the last second and the Union player fell without being touched. But, I can’t say for sure whether or not it was a penalty. Luckily, it didn’t end up determining the result of the game.