Domenico Tedesco: Everybody is up for it

29 days after the 3-1 win in VfB Stuttgart, FC Schalke will begin the second half of the season at home to VfL Wolfsburg (Sunday 20/1, 18:00 CET). Domenico Tedesco is looking forwardto the game, but has also demanded that: “the players give their all on the pitch. The fans have to see that the players are up for it from the first minute.”

Ahead of the clash with fifth-placed Wolfsburg, head coach Domenico Tedesco was pleased with the ambition his players have been showing. “We have grown closer together in the past few weeks. Everybody is desperate to do well in the rest of the season,” he reported.

Work done on conversion of chances

The Royal Blues will face one of the most in-form sides in the Bundesliga. “Wolfsburg have won five of their last six games and drawn the other one,” said Tedesco, who also described the Wolves as a “flexible side with some good players.” The 33-year-old already has ideas in his head of how to avoid another defeat like the 2-1 loss in Wolfsburg earlier this season.

The fans have to see that the players are up for it from the first minute.

Domenico Tedesco

The fans have to see that the players are up for it from the first minute.

A few absentees, three doubts

Domenico Tedesco has Mark Uth available for selection again. The Germany international made his return after a two-month injury in the friendly against KRC Genk, scoring in the 2-2 draw.

Guido Burgstaller (Achilles) and Breel Embolo (fractured metatarsal) aren’t fit enough to take part yet and are still taking part in rehabilitation training. Amine Harit, who has suffered a muscle injury, is also out, although he should return to team training soon.

S04 will also be without Nabil Bentaleb for Sunday’s game. The Algerian, who departed the training camp with a thigh problem, has been training, but isn’t fit enough to make the squad.

It is still unclear whether or not Yehven Konoplyanka (cold), Salif Sané and Suat Serdar (both thigh injuries) will make the squad. The trio will take part in team training on Saturday to decide whether or not they can take part or not.

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