David Wagner: We want to play a part in a great game

FC Schalke 04 will travel to Munich to face the record champions FC Bayern on Saturday (25/1, 18:30 CET). Head coach David Wagner is well aware of the difficulties FCB will pose: “We are the clear outsiders, there’s no doubt about that. Nevertheless, I can imagine it being a great football game, in which we will be a part of.”

David Wagner

The season so far has given the Knappen plenty of confidence, especially after the 2-0 win over Gladbach last Friday to kick off the New Year. Bayern, however, are also enjoying a great run of their own, having won each of their last four Bundesliga matches. Wagner doesn’t want to “make any statements” or “predictions”, instead hoping for a strong performance again from his side.

Positive news regarding McKennie, Serdar and Harit

The only two S04 players definitely out of tomorrow’s game are long-term absentees Benjamin Stambouli and Salif Sané. Weston McKennie, who suffered a dislocated shoulder in December, has trained with the team this week and is an option for the squad again. There is also some positive news regarding Suat Serdar and Amine Harit. “Suat and Amine are both free of any pain now and have trained all week,” said Wagner on the top two scorers this season.

Ozan Kabak, who suffered from slight back pains on Wednesday, should be able to make the trip down south, however it is not yet clear whether or not Benito Raman will be available. “Benito hasn’t been able to train this week, although he did ride a bike on Thursday,” revealed Wagner. “He had an infection. He may take part in the final session. We’ll just have to see tomorrow.”

Wagner wants his side to continue to play football that will please the Royal Blue fans. “It would be stupid for us to change the way we play in Munich,” stressed the 48-year-old. “We will obviously adjust how we press and the space we give them, but in principal we want to play just like we did last week.”

It would be stupid for us to change the way we play in Munich.

David Wagner

Wagner wants his side to continue to play football that will please the Royal Blue fans. “It would be stupid for us to change the way we play in Munich,” stressed the 48-year-old. “We will obviously adjust how we press and the space we give them, but in principal we want to play just like we did last week.”

Excited for Bayern

According to the S04 coach, both teams have improved since they met at the start of the season in Gelsenkirchen. Wagner feels that FCB possess “unbelievable quality”, which is why his players are excited to test themselves against Bayern. The coach concluded by saying “we’re excited for the game!”

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