Christian Heidel: Feeling good and getting better

As every matchday draws in, Christian Heidel admits he becomes more pessimistic about the result. However, Sunday in the BayArena was different. Schalke’s sporting director spoke about the solid showing in Leverkusen, Guido Burgstaller’s goal, a lack of cold-bloodedness in front of goal, the current standings and the team’s development.

Christian Heidel

 Christian Heidel on…

… the win in Leverkusen:

Before kick-off, I had a good feeling and anyone who knows me will know I’m pessimistic before games. After the first goal, I felt even better. We didn’t allow Leverkusen to get the space they wanted which made them less dangerous. I thought we kept them at bay very well. I can’t recall them having any good chances in the second half. They had three shots but they all were right at Ralf Fährmann.

… Guido Burgstaller’s performance:

As soon as Burgi goes a few games without scoring, people start to complain about how he came from Bundesliga 2 and he’s not quick enough. Now, he’s scored again and is seen by some as a Brazilian in disguise (smirks). Regardless as to whether he scores or not, all I can say is that he has his heart in the right place. Burgi works hard in attack alongside Franco di Santo and Breel Embolo to press the opposition and create chances. You can only tip your hat to them when you see the work they’re putting in. Our performance caused Leverkusen problems.

Burgi has his heart in the right place.

Christian Heidel

… ineffective counter attacks:

We haven’t taken our chances as well as we could have done of late. If that game ended 1-1, everyone would have gone “We should have been more clinical on the break”. Thankfully, we weren’t punished for it. We deserved all three points.

… on the current Bundesliga standings:

It’s a shame the season doesn’t end now (smiles). Joking aside, we have ten tough games still to come which we have to approach like we did in Leverkusen. We haven’t achieved anything yet.

… the team’s development:

We’ve shown of late that setbacks such as the Bremen game won’t derail us. We were all frustrated about that result that’s for sure. However, we’ve brushed ourselves down and concentrated on our own game.