Domenico Tedesco: We have a great chance of winning the game
The Royal Blues have taken seven points from their last three Bundesliga games. Schalke will be hoping to stretch their unbeaten run on Saturday (02/02, 18:30 CET) against Borussia Mönchengladbach. It won’t be easy though, as the visitors are currently sitting third in the table. Domenico Tedesco is still confident ahead of the game.
“Gladbach’s season has been very impressive,” praised head coach Domenico Tedesco, who isn’t surprised about their development. “They have a number of talented players, so I can see why they are at the top of the table.” The Foals have only conceded 18 goals this season, which means they have the joint-best defensive record in the league alongside RB Leipzig. Gladbach have started 2-0 with two wins over Leverkusen 1-0 and Augsburg 2-0.
Confidence needed against the Foals
Schalke have also started the second half of the season positively – and want to carry on. “Things are going well. I can tell that we have our confidence back.” As a result of this, Tedesco doesn’t want his team to be worried by the strength of the opponent (39 points, 39-18 goal difference). “We are focusing on us,” he maintained, “if we do what do well, i.e. play with confidence and our philosophies, then we have a great chance of winning the game.”
Things are going well. I can tell that we have our confidence back.
Alessandro Schöpf, Benjamin Stambouli and Steven Skryzbski will all be missing after they all picked up injuries in Berlin. Weston McKennie, on the other hand, is available again after his suspension. Amine Harit and Guido Burgstaller are back in light training after their knocks. We are increasing the intensity that they work at every day,” explained Tedesco, who is still optimistic despite the numerous absentees. “We have a strong squad which we trust 100%.”
New signings made a good impression
The squad has two new members now after Rabbi Matondo and Jeffrey Bruma joined during the transfer window. “Rabbi is a talented lad, who we will certainly enjoy watching. He has a lot of pace and is dangerous in one-on-one situations. We still need to give him time to find his feet here,” said Tedesco on the 18-year-old Welshman. Bruma could also help the side out very soon: “He’s an experienced and robust defender, who knows the Bundesliga well. He is really eager to get going here too.” The coach didn’t disclose whether or not the two new boys would feature against Mönchengladbach.