Michael Frey: Fight hard until the end

Little more than 30 hours after signing for FC Schalke 04, Michael Frey saw his first minutes of action for the club away in Frankfurt (21/1). Following his Bundesliga debut, the striker spoke about the defeat, the challenges ahead, his goals and his qualities. The 28-year-old also touched on what matters most when fighting the drop.

Michael Frey on…

…the defeat in Frankfurt:
We had more chances than our opponents and overall, we played well. It’s very frustrating to then go on to lose 3-0, because the result doesn’t reflect the game. But, I’m focused on the positives: we created chances and didn’t allow our opponents many. That won’t change the result, but it’s something we can build on. 

…his debut:
I’m glad that the coach brought me on for a few minutes. I had trained just once with the team and had only been with the team for a day. I nearly scored at the end as well.

…the challenges ahead:
We need points. That’s the only thing that matters. Over my first few days at Schalke, I’ve witnessed a team that gives everything and that sticks together. That’s why I’m certain that we will be rewarded sooner rather than later. 

…his goals:
As someone from Switzerland, it was always my dream to play in the Bundesliga. I’m here to help the team and the club. I will give my best every day in order to help us be successful. We want to secure safety. I really believe that we will be able to do so. FC Schalke 04 are a big club, and they belong in the Bundesliga. 

At FCN back then, we only survived the relegation play-off against Ingolstadt in added time. It wasn’t a coincidence, however, as we believed we would be able to pull it off right until the end.

Michael Frey

…his qualities:
I’m always looking to score. I think you could see that in Frankfurt already. I scored over 40 goals during the last two years in Belgium. I also never stop fighting until the final whistle blows.

…familiarity with a relegation battle:
I know what it’s like to be in a similar situation from my time in Beveren and Nürnberg. At FCN back then, we only survived the relegation play-off against Ingolstadt in added time. It wasn’t a coincidence, however, as we believed we would be able to pull it off right until the end.  

…a familiar face in the team:
Cedric Brunner is a good friend of mine. We played together at FC Zürich in the past. Before I joined the club, I texted him and said that we’d be teammates once again soon. He was also very excited by that. 

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