Rouven Schröder: What’s fundamental for me is how the fans reacted
Defensively shut out the opposition for almost 80 minutes and stayed in the game right up until the final whistle – but, in the end, left with no points: the Royal Blues’ fighting performance went unrewarded in Saturday’s Revierderby. After the match, sporting director Rouven Schröder expressed his thoughts on the game.
“When the opposition score so late on, of course, it’s frustrating. We kept the game open for a long time, we were organised and defended against their attacks well,” said Schröder. “Defensively, it was a united team performance against a strong opponent.”
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The fact it remained deadlocked for so long was, in part, due to the services of Alexander Schwolow. “Alex played well. He made some strong saves and radiated lots of calm from the back,” said Schröder in his praise of the keeper, who, however, conceded after 79 minutes. Schröder explained, “It was very difficult to save that from such a close distance.”
Schalke defended solidly and were stable at the back, but rarely found themselves in front of the opposition goal. “In attack, we lacked one or two movements that would have unsettled the opponent more. In a game like this, perhaps, you need to be dangerous from your set-pieces. You have to make the most of the few chances that you get,” explained Schröder.
The league is very tight – it shows from the results week in week out.
“In the end, we left without any points and that’s tough to take,” summarised the sporting director, who took some positives from the game. “What’s fundamental for me is how the fans reacted. They have the intuition and know what we have been working towards every day for over a year. The league is very tight – it shows from the results week in week out. We must continue to work hard.” The Royal Blues now have a two-week break before they host FC Augsburg at the VELTINS-Arena on Sunday 2nd October, following the first international break of the season.