Mark Uth: Finally time for competitive football

Three appearances in the DFB-Pokal, three goal involvements. If Mark Uth had it his way, this personal success story will continue on Friday (17.8) against 1. FC Schweinfurt 05 in the first round of the DFB-Pokal. “That wouldn’t be bad, would it?” Uth joked. However for new signing Uth, not underestimating the opposition is more important than scoring a goal himself.

Mark Uth

“We won’t make the mistake of taking this game easily,” said the striker. “Schweinfurt have already played six games in the Regionalliga Bayern and are still unbeaten.” Schalke’s new number seven is therefore expecting an opponent full of confidence, who will have nothing to lose against a Bundesliga side. “They can play without any worries, whereas we have to give 100% from the first to the last minute to ensure that we win there.”

It’s no secret that Mark Uth has been brimming with excitement ahead of the first competitive game of the season.  “It’s finally time to get properly started”, he added. “We’ve work hard in pre-season, but now it’s time to start the real stuff. Competitive football is a completely different kettle of fish to pre-season friendlies,” said the 26-year-old.

Uth cannot yet say whether or not he will be in the starting XI in Schweinfurt: “Of course I hope that I start. I’ve come here to play football. However all the lads in the team want to be playing as well.” This is no massive problem for the Cologne-born man though: “In every team there is going to be competition for places, but it should be better here as we have plenty of games this season with the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League. Therefore everyone should get enough football.”

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