David Wagner: The support has given us a real boost
FC Schalke 04’s final game of February will see them face in-form 1. FC Köln on Saturday evening (29/2, 18:30 CET). “Our opponents are looking good right now. It’ll be an exciting challenge for us, and one that we’re all looking forward to,” said head coach David Wagner ahead of the meeting with the side who has won six of their last eight Bundesliga outings.
Köln won 5-0 at Hertha last time out, while the Knappen were beaten 5-0 at home by RB Leipzig. “We have to play a lot better and find our game,” said Wagner, who, in the past few days, has had a number of individual and group conversations with his players after that heavy loss.
The present is important, not the past
The 48-year-old has no doubt that his side can take points away in Cologne, despite the recent poor run, as “your previous result is totally irrelevant when you are sitting in the dressing room waiting for kick off on Saturday at 18:20. The past is no longer relevant, only the present counts.” Wagner wants his side to not only put in a better showing, but also to take something back to Gelsenkirchen from the game.
Your previous result is totally irrelevant when you are sitting in the dressing room waiting for kick off.
The Schalke players were given a lift soon after the final whistle against Leipzig. “The reactions the fans gave us after the game gave us a real boost,” reported Wagner. The players are now extra motivated after the fans showed such solidarity after the defeat.
Wagner will be without Juan Miranda for tomorrow’s game in the RheinEnergieSTADION. The Spain U21’s international is out injured with a calf problem. “He will be missing for around two weeks,” revealed the coach. S04 will also be without Daniel Caligiuri, Salif Sané and Benjamin Stambouli, although the two centre-backs have recently trained on the pitch again this week.