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.

Daniel, how happy are you with the performance against Stuttgart?
I think we did very well. After the games against Leipzig and Hannover, we needed to up our game for the trip to Stuttgart. We managed that. We need to do it again this Saturday. After getting our first three points on the board, we’re hungry for more.

On a personal level, it’s been a good season for you…
That’s true. I’m just trying to put in the best possible performance I can every week. After a short break due to being ill, I’m delighted to be able to get on the pitch and help the team from the off. I’m very happy with three goals and five assists so far this season. However, the three points is what’s most important.

Against Stuttgart, your free-kick was once again met by Naldo for his fifth of the season who was also celebrating breaking the record for Bundesliga appearances by a Brazilian this weekend. Were you aware of that when you crossed it in?
I’m still waiting for my invite to the party! (smiles) We’re all happy for him. Naldo is very dangerous in front of goal and is still solid at the back. We have a lot of players who are strong in the air. Sure, the cross needs to be right but we work on it on training so the goals keep coming.

Next up is Werder Bremen in the VELTINS-Arena – what kind of game are you expecting?
It’s always tough facing Bremen. You have to find a way past their aggressive midfield pressing game and to work together to get in behind and cause problems. They have a good team spirit and also have a few quality players amongst their ranks. If we approach the game like we did on Saturday, I’m convinced we can win.

How important is it to win when you look at the table?
We want to get three points in any game to get as high in the table as we can. You can see how close all the teams are. Between second and sixth place there’s only three points. You can find yourself down the table very quickly so success is crucial.

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