Crown our improvements with another good result
After beating Augsburg 1-0 on Sunday, FC Schalke 04 are on the hunt for another positive result this Saturday (17 April at 15:30 CEST) in Freiburg. "The win has done us a lot of good. Not just the team, but the whole club and especially the fans, who have suffered so much in recent weeks and months," said Dimitrios Grammozis ahead of the clash with SC Freiburg.
The victory over the Fuggerstädters also showed Grammozis that his team was on the right track. “We’ve kept improving our game and now we’ve been able to convert that into three points against FCA. Now we want to build on that and follow up with another positive result,” said the head coach, before praising his players’ commitment at training: “We’ve worked really hard on our game and our fitness recently. Some players pushed themselves past their limits to take the next step so that we can win games like the one against Augsburg.”
Team is at a good level physically
Grammozis is aware, however, that despite beating Augsburg, things did not go entirely to plan for Schalke over the 90 minutes. “It’s completely normal that we need to keep improving, but we could see that the lads are at a good level physically. They threw everything at the game and covered more ground than their opponents.”
We’ve kept improving our game and now we’ve been able to convert that into three points against FCA.
The head coach called for the same attitude and commitment at the Schwarzwald-Stadion: “Freiburg play really nice football – their team always has a clear plan and pose big challenges to their opponents with tactical changes.” Grammozis is especially impressed by his counterpart in the SCF dugout: “Christian Streich is an outstanding coach who has been doing a good job for several years now. No matter where they are in the table, he always wants to win every game.”
The same is true for Grammozis, he went on to say. For him, the current standings at the bottom of the table are only part of his concerns. “We are all able to interpret the situation well and only concentrate on the game at hand. Our aim is simple: Win as many games as possible.”
Uth trained, Raman could miss out.
Mark Uth could be making his comeback against Freiburg after two and a half months out injured. The forward has recovered from his hamstring injury and was supposed to be part of the squad against Augsburg but missed out after hurting his little toe in the final training session. “Mark trained again this week,” Grammozis confirmed. “I hope he holds up in this week’s final session and can be an option for the game in Freiburg.”
Benito Raman will also be added to the injury list this weekend. The Belgian, just like Uth, had to pull out of the last game (back problems). “It doesn’t look like he will be part of the squad in Freiburg,” said the Schalke boss.