Thomas Reis: Never stopped believing we could win

A very late Marius Bülter goal from the penalty spot helped Schalke 04 to a crucial 3-2 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Friday night (05/05). We heard from both coaches, Tom Krauß and Gerald Asamoah after an emotional 90+15 minutes in Mainz.

Thomas Reis:

We’re over the moon to have gotten the three points. We started the game well. Mainz had a good chance to score first, but Alexander Schwolow made a great reaction save. Then we took the lead and could even have gone 2-0 up through Kenan Karaman. We knew that Mainz would improve in the second half. It’s frustrating to have conceded from a set-piece. Mainz were upping the pressure, but luckily we managed to make it 2-1. Their free-kick to level the scores again was world-class. We never stopped believing that we could win and fortunately were able to get the all-important third goal from a penalty.

Bo Svensson:

We were lacking something in the first half; Schalke had more control and had the better chances. We didn’t look our best. We changed the system after the break, but once we got back level, we missed chances to take the lead during a good phase. Then we conceded a frustrating goal. We were on the front foot, but we invited our opponents to score.

Tom Krauß:

I set myself a target to be more of a goal threat. I’m absolutely delighted that I managed to get on the scoresheet in such an important match. They’re really special moments when you also get to see the fans going crazy. I’m happy that we managed to get the winner and that my goal played a part in us getting three points. The composure that Bülti demonstrated is incredible – it’s anything but a given at a moment like that when all eyes are on you. We really got stuck into the challenges today. When we push ourselves as a team and with the support of the fans, we can trouble any opponent. Every point is crucial, but we’re not over the line yet.

Gerald Asamoah:

We played well and perhaps should have been 2-0 up. When you get confidence from winning challenges, then you can play better football. Marius Bülter is someone who looks to take on players with his pace and he’s on a great run at the moment. I’m happy that luck was on our side and we were able to make it 3-2 from the penalty spot. However, we know that there’s still a lot of work ahead.