Benito Raman: That was just the beginning

Benito Raman made his first appearance for Schalke since matchday 3 of the Bundesliga season on Tuesday evening in the DFB-Pokal game at Bielefeld (29/10). The Belgian international scored twice in the 3-2 win and promised “that was just the beginning!”

Benito Raman

The 24-year-old was quick to state the importance of his first goals for his new club. “It’s definitely lifted a burden from my shoulders,” admitted the striker, who played up front with Mark Uth in Bielefeld.

Raman could have scored more

The last 20 minutes were extremely nervy on Tuesday night, and according to Raman, that was down to the side’s second-half performance. “We should have closed the game out earlier by scoring a fourth and even a fifth,” stressed the Belgian, who himself could have added further goals.

Raman missed the Bundesliga games against Paderborn and Mainz due to ankle injury and has since only been an unused sub in the league. “I was out for a while and it’s not been easy to get back in the team as we’ve been playing so well,” said Raman, who got his chance in Bielefeld from coach David Wagner – and ultimately took it. “I need to carry on working hard now.”

I need to carry on working hard now.

Benito Raman

Schalke’s summer signing from Düsseldorf gave a similar analysis of the game last night to many others: “We played well for the first 70 minutes, but lost our concentration a bit towards the end. Their second goal was unlucky and then it became really difficult. They were a good team and their fans got behind them brilliantly.” Now Wagner’s side will turn their focus to Augsburg on Sunday, which will be “another tough game” according to Raman.

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