David Wagner: It gave us a good feeling

Saturday afternoon will see two out-of-form sides come up against each other as Schalke 04 will take on TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in the VELTINS-Arena. “Both teams are certainly not at their best right now,” said David Wagner, who expects an even game.

The Royal Blues’ aim for the game is clear: “We are at home and we want to improve on our recent form,” stressed Schalke’s head coach, who was pleased with his side’s performance against Bayern on Tuesday, even though they lost 1-0. “We gained confidence from the game and also know that we can play good football and create chance using our new system. That has given us a good feeling,” he explained.

Only 15 outfielders training

S04 went with five at the back against the record German champions in midweek. Wagner didn’t reveal whether or not that system would be used again against Hoffenheim. “We are flexible,” remarked Wagner. The formation is likely to be dependent on the players available to start. “The squad will be unchanged. Everybody who was in the squad for Bayern will train today. None of injured players will return for tomorrow,” confirmed the boss.

We are flexible.

David Wagner

The Knappen have only had 15 outfielders in training recently, with a number of players absent. Daniel Caligiuri (ligament), Ozan Kabak (transverse fracture of the lumbar vertebrae), Omar Mascarell (tendon), Juan Miranda (calf), Salif Sané (light training after knee operation), Suat Serdar (broken toe) and Benjamin Stambouli (light training after fractured foot) are all currently available.

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