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.

Alessandro, you played well in Munich on Saturday…

Unfortunately, saying we played well doesn’t mean much when we end up empty-handed. We wanted to win in Munich, like we do with any game. However, I’m sure if we continue to perform like that week in week out we’ll get points on the board.

In the second half at the Allianz Arena, you played as a holding midfielder. Could this be an option once again against Hoffenheim as Max Meyer is out suspended?

The head coach spoke to me at half time on Saturday and said he needs me to play as a holding midfielder as Max got cautioned. It was a new position for me, I’m more used to playing as a number 8 but it wasn’t an issue because we’ve tried it in training before. I play wherever the coach wants me to and wherever I can help the team the most.

It won’t be an easy task.

Alessandro Schöpf

In the Hinrunde, our impressive run started on the back of two straight defeats.

That’s true. After the losses to Bayern and Hoffenheim, we got all the way to Christmas unbeaten. Maybe it’s time for us to go on another run. Anything’s possible in football. Why can’t we do it again?

What do you make of Saturday’s opponents, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim?

TSG are a good side with lots of quality amongst their ranks. It won’t be easy but we want to win.

Then, we head to Leverkusen. In the BayArena last season, you picked up a serious injury. Will you be fearful heading back to the Rheinland?

Of course, the memories will flood back as it was a tough injury. It’s not like I don’t want to play or anything though, far from it, I want to play and win.

In the DFB-Pokal, we’ve been drawn against Eintracht Frankfurt. What’s your view on the tie?

I’m happy with it. It’s a home game so we’ll have the fans behind our backs. That’s crucial for us as Frankfurt have a very strong team and the table shows that. As we saw when we went to Frankfurt, they’re a very good team and we need to be at our very best to reach the final. We want to go to Berlin!

Share page

You may also be interested in

191205_caligiuri_jubel

Daniel Caligiuri: It’s like having home crowds at away games

Daniel Caligiuri has had a lot to do with the ten points that Schalke took in November, grabbing two assists and one goal. The 31-year-old also made a crucial interception from Neven Subotic last time out against Union Berlin. In an interview with schalke04.de, the midfielder talks about his strong form, where the team currently sit in the table, the upcoming duel in Leverkusen and the support of the fans.

191130_serdar

Suat Serdar: Change of tactics paid off

Suat Serdar raised the roof of the VELTINS-Arena on Friday night (29/11) with a winning goal in the 86th minute of the game. The Germany international spoke to schalke04.de about the hard-fought win against Union Berlin, his all-important goal and the current league table.

191120_kutucu

Ahmed Kutucu wants to play for Turkey and Schalke

Schalke attacker Ahmed Kutucu made his senior international debut for Turkey in the 2-0 win at Andorra in a Euro qualifier this week. He spoke to schalke04.de about his debut, his hopes of making the EURO 2020 squad and the transfer rumours surrounding him.

28.09.2019, Fussball, Saison 2019/2020, Bundesliga, 6. Spieltag – RB Leipzig – FC Schalke 04 Omar Mascarell (FC Schalke

Omar Mascarell: Playing with a lot of self-confidence

Whether it’s on or off the pitch, Omar Mascarell is a key figure within the squad. In an interview with schalke04.de, the Spaniard spoke about his responsibilities as vice-captain and as a defensive midfielder, as well as his dream of playing for the national team. The 26-year-old also reveals what topic makes him the target of some good-natured ribbing from his teammates.