Guido Burgstaller: Play with passion and get the win
After their unlucky defeat to Frankfurt last Saturday, Schalke face 1. FC Nürnberg this Friday evening (20:30 CEST). For Guido Burgstaller, the game isn’t just important because of the current table: “The game is close to my heart. I spent two wonderful years there and I’m massively looking forward to the match.”
Burgstaller played 70 times for Nürnberg, scoring 34 goals. Although his former club remain close to his heart, he’s fully focused on picking up three points with Schalke on Friday: “I hope that Nürnberg can stay up. I’m now concentrating on us. We’re also down there and we want to get out of it as soon as possible.”
Frankfurt game in the past, now looking forward
The unlucky defeat to Frankfurt, in which the away side scored a 99th minute penalty, wasn’t easy to take for Schalke. “It lasted until the following Sunday or Monday,” said Burgstaller. However, he reiterated that Schalke are now looking forward: “It’s no use looking back to this game now and being upset about it. It hurts, but it’s already settled.”
It’ll be a real fight.
Schalke travel to the Max-Morlock Stadium for their next game. Nürnberg are currently 17th in the table and could move to just one point away from the relegation play-off place with victory. Burgstaller is expected a battle of a game: “It won’t be an easy one. It’s the last chance for them to make up some ground, maybe to Stuttgart and maybe to us. It’ll be a real fight.”
However, Burgstaller is sure that Schalke will be able to get a win if they put in a similar performance to how they played against Frankfurt and Bremen: “If we play football with a lot of passion, we have a lot of quality – so we’ll be able to get the three points.”