Timo Becker: We need to create our own luck and turn chances into goals
After the 1-0 defeat to Wolfsburg on Wednesday night (3 February), there is a mixture of disappointment and hopefulness in the Royal Blue camp. Naturally, the players and staff are disappointed about being knocked out of the DFB-Pokal, but the gutsy performance against Wolfsburg has given them hope for the ongoing relegation battle. "Everyone saw that we are capable of playing good football. We showed that from the first whistle until the last and created good chances against a strong opponent," said Timo Becker, focusing on the positives.
A performance which makes it all the more frustrating that the Knappen were unable to find the back of the net, despite golden opportunities for Matthew Hoppe and Mark Uth. “We created some really good chances – now we need to work on turning them into goals,” said Becker, describing his team’s approach on the pitch as “courageous”.
I want to continue with this attacking drive.
Becker himself, who played his sixth consecutive full 90-minute game at right back against Wolfsburg on Wednesday, is also offering more and more to his team’s attacking efforts. “Once you’re settled, you start to be more attacking from those positions,” the 23-year-old explained, adding: “I want to continue with this attacking drive.”
Play to their best for 90 minutes
“There was definitely more in it for us,” said Becker, as frustrated as anyone about Schalke’s missed opportunity to reach the quarterfinals. After a strong first-half display in Bremen last Saturday, the team had vowed to play to their best for the whole 90 minutes in future. “We want to play football, and we can. We just need to create that bit of luck for ourselves,” said Becker.
Following the DFB-Pokal exit, the Royal Blues’ focus is now solely on surviving in the Bundesliga. Just a few days ago, S04 acquired a new centre-back in Shkodran Mustafi, who has come to help the club out of their situation. “He’s a superb player with a lot of experience and who has achieved a lot internationally,” said Becker, commenting on his newest teammate. “He will help us progress.”