Interview

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Naldo: I always keep guard during celebrations

As the final whistle was blown in Augsburg on Saturday (5/5), Naldo embraced his teammates with delight. The Brazilian defender, who made his 350th Bundesliga appearance at the WWK Arena, spoke to schalke04.de about his excitement for the Champions League, his team and head coach Domenico Tedesco.

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Leon Goretzka: Dreams became goals

After a 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Schalke lie in second place with a six point gap to fifth place and two matchdays to play. The Royal Blues have a very good chance of participating in next season’s Champions League. Schalke04.de spoke to Leon Goretzka about the game against the Fohlen and the final fixture.

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Raul: Schalke have a big place in my heart

Raul came to the VELTINS Arena on Sunday to cheer on the Royal Blues in their derby with Dortmund. We spoke to the 40-year-old on his connection to S04, his thoughts on Domenico Tedesco and the team as well as his future plans.

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Nabil Bentaleb: Positive derby memories

The derby excitement is building and it's no different for Nabil Bentaleb. The Algeria international spoke to schalke04.de about the comeback for the ages in the last clash with Dortmund and some unforgettable derby experiences from his time with Tottenham Hotspur.

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Ralf Fährmann: Passion and togetherness

Until Saturday’s 2-0 win over SC Freiburg, Schalke had never gone five Bundesliga games in a row without conceding. We spoke to Ralf Fährmann on this landmark and more achievements on the horizon as a reward for the team’s efforts of late. Schalke’s skipper also warns of the dangers of thinking about the derby in a fortnight’s time when they face Hamburger SV this weekend.

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Guido Burgstaller: Great fun in the Nordkurve

The final whistle didn’t signal the end for Guido Burgstaller on Saturday (31st March). The fans celebrated the second goalscorer loud and proud and offered him a place on the platform in front of the stands. The Austria international speaks to schalke04.de about the win over SC Freiburg, his first time in the Nordkurve and the club’s current position in the table.

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Thilo Kehrer: My will to win blocked out pain

In Friday night’s 1-0 win over Mainz, Thilo Kehrer picked up a black eye in a challenge with Robin Quaison. The injury didn’t stop the defender from completing the full 90 minutes though. The U21 European championship winner spoke to us about looking in the mirror, talking to his teammates and the weekend’s trip to Wolfsburg.

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Breel Embolo: True friends stick with you through everything

Whoever watches Breel Embolo train, watches a young player who wants to constantly improve. Confidence and team spirit are particularly important to him on and off the pitch, he told schalke04.de. In his interview, the 21-year-old lets us in on the reason behind the team’s success. He also emphasises that given the choice again he’s still always opt to wear Royal Blue.

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Weston McKennie: The team helped me out a lot

In the game against Hannover, Weston McKennie picked up a knee injury. Almost five weeks on, he’s back in team training and excited to get going once again. He spoke to us about his return from injury, rehabilitation and receiving support from his teammates along the way.

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Sascha Riether: I got a round of beers in for the lads!

Sascha Riether opted to watch Schalke’s win in Leverkusen from the away end with the fans. The 34-year-old talked to us about his afternoon in the BayArena, his role in the team and his future plans.

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Benjamin Stambouli: More confident than last year

No matter if he plays as a central defender or holding midfielder, Benjamin Stambouli is comfortable in both roles thanks to his flexibility. He’d even be ready to venture forward and play striker, he explained to schalke04.de with a wink.

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Ralf Fährmann: Every game is a gift at this club

Against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim this Saturday, Ralf Fährmann made his 150th Bundesliga appearance in Royal Blue. We spoke to Schalke’s number one about fulfilling his dreams, set-backs, sleepless nights and Royal Blue dreams.

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Alessandro Schöpf: A good performance alone isn’t enough

After half time in Munich, Alessandro Schöpf played as a holding midfielder and it’s a role which he may also have to play against Hoffenheim. The Austria international spoke about the games to come, the team’s belief and the DFB-Pokal semi-final.

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Abdul Rahman Baba: I kept in touch

Abdul Rahman Baba played 21 games with Schalke in the first half of the 16/17 season. That was before the Ghana international suffered a cruciate ligament injury which ended his season. At the end of the season, his loan deal from Chelsea came to an end but since then he has kept in touch with Schalke and now the left-footer is glad to be back in Gelsenkirchen. schalke04.de got the chance to catch up with the 23-year-old to chat all things Schalke.

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Ralf Fährmann: Sometimes there are days like that

Ralf Fährmann was the tragic figure of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Werder Bremen, with his mistake from a free-kick allowing the visitors to equalise. The captain spoke to schalke04.com about the two Werder goals and the upcoming matches.

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Naldo after 2-1 defeat: This will not derail us

Naldo won 88 percent of his challenges on Saturday’s home game against Werder Bremen – the best percentage on the pitch. It was not, however, how the 35-year-old had imagined his reunion with Werder. We caught up with the Brazilian centre back...

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Naldo: We can’t underestimate Bremen

It’s all going smoothly for Naldo this season. With five goals to his name, he’s the Royal Blues’ second highest goalscorer and has worked his way back in contention for a World Cup spot. The defender spoke to schalke04.de about the coming clash with Werder Bremen.

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Daniel Caligiuri is excited to assist even more

With his assist in Schalke's 2-0 win in Stuttgart, Daniel Caligiuri once again showed his deadly deliveries from dead balls. The 30-year-old started at the weekend after missing out against Hannover through illness and is ready to push on.

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Bastian Oczipka: A battle for places, until the very end

For Schalke, their first defeat in 13 matches was nothing to be down about and there’s no time to be anyway. The players have just returned from Leipzig and are already undertaking fitness exams. After these tests, Bastian Oczipka took the time to reflect on the weekend’s match and to look forward to the next one. The defender spoke to us about the 3-1 defeat in Leipzig, the atmosphere around the team and the upcoming test against Hannover 96.

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Naldo: “I’d be delighted if there were lots of mini Naldos”

Over the past half a year, Naldo has been one of the best defenders in the entire Bundesliga and made the moment of the season so far with his equaliser in the derby against Borussia Dortmund. However, the 35-year-old is good-humoured and speaks as a team player in an interview with schalke04.de about the birth rate in Gelsenkirchen, the training camp in Benidorm and how well the new signings have settled in.