Karel Geraerts


Karel Geraerts: We need to be more efficient and make the most of chances

Following the 1-1 draw against Hannover 96 last Sunday, FC Schalke 04 will get their next opportunity to pick up some points at home and take an important step forward in the 2. Bundesliga standings when they face off against 1. FC Nürnberg at the VELTINS-Arena on Saturday (13/4). The Royal Blues are coming up against a side who like to have a lot of possession. “Nürnberg play nice passing football. We’ve got to stop them from doing so as a collective,” said S04 head coach Karel Geraerts.


Karel Geraerts: The atmosphere was amazing – it was like a cup final

Karel Geraerts spoke about his side’s performance and the support from the fans after Schalke’s 1-1 draw in Hannover on Sunday (7/4). Marius Müller and Simon Terodde were interviewed in the Mixed Zone, where they were also full of praise for the travelling Schalker. Hannover coach Stefan Leitl talked about the game in the post-match press conference, too.


Karel Geraerts: We will have a clear plan both on and off the pitch

FC Schalke 04 will travel to face Hannover 96 on Sunday afternoon (7/4, 13:30 CEST), in the hopes of delivering an improved performance.


Karel Geraerts: “We weren’t rewarded for our efforts in the first half”

Following the draw on Easter Sunday (31/3), Karel Geraerts and KSC head coach Christian Eichner looked back at the game. The handball incident in the second half proved to be a hot topic in the post-match press conference. Marius Müller and Keke Topp also spoke to the media about the stalemate.


Karel Geraerts: My team will be ready

FC Schalke 04 will host Karlsruher SC on Easter Sunday (31/3) at 13:30 CET as the two teams return to action following the international break. KSC, the league’s second-most prolific side after Fortuna Düsseldorf, will travel to Gelsenkirchen full of confidence. Head coach Karel Geraerts is also going into the game with a positive mindset, ensuring: “My team will be ready!”


Karel Geraerts: “Everyone knows how important these last eight matches are”

FC Schalke took on FC Gütersloh in a friendly on Wednesday evening (20/3) with a mixture of senior players and youth talents in the squad. The Royal Blues ran out as 1-0 winners in a dominant display at the Ohlendorf Stadion, but let a lot of big chances go begging.


Karel Geraerts: This simply cannot keep happening

Head coach Karel Geraerts was disappointed after another away defeat for his side on Sunday afternoon (17/3). Hertha boss Pal Dardai was naturally pleased with the victory, even if he was frustrated with the two goals his side conceded. Simon Terodde also gave his thoughts on the 5-2 defeat.


Karel Geraerts: A game I’ve been looking forward to for weeks

After two home games in a row, Schalke are on the road again as they visit Hertha BSC on Sunday (17th March, 13:30 CET). The Royal Blues can rely on a sizable travelling contingent to support the team in the capital. “I’ve heard there’ll be about 15,000 Schalke fans at the Olympiastadion. Some have said there might be more than 20,000,” said Karel Geraerts.


Karel Geraerts: I’ll take the positives from the game

Schalke managed to come away from a dramatic encounter with SC Paderborn with a point thanks to Keke Topp’s equaliser in added time. The Royal Blues were 2-0 up at one stage, before being pegged back to 2-2 by the visitors, who took the lead in the closing stages. Karel Geraerts and Lukas Kwasniok spoke about their sides’ performances in the post-match press conference, while Bryan Lasme and Simon Terodde were also interviewed after the final whistle.


Karel Geraerts: We need to play with the same quality and confidence

FC Schalke 04 will be aiming to win their fourth home match on the spin when they face off against SC Paderborn 07 at the VELTINS-Arena on Saturday (9/3, 13:00 CET). Karel Geraerts stressed that a win against SCP isn’t a foregone conclusion after last weekend’s impressive 3-1 win over FC St. Pauli. “We’ve got to stay grounded and play with the same quality and confidence as we did last time round,” said S04’s head coach.


Karel Geraerts: If we don't work as a unit, things will start to get tricky

After a disappointing outing in Magdeburg, the Royal Blues will be aiming to put in a much better performance when they face off against FC St. Pauli on Friday (1/3, 18:30 CET). Head coach Karel Geraerts seemed positive as he told journalists about the group discussions that took place at the start of the week.


Karel Geraerts: Use defensive stability as a springboard

After Schalke’s 1-0 win over SV Wehen Wiesbaden, Saturday’s visit to 1. FC Magdeburg (24/02, 20:30 CET) represents an opportunity to kick on and secure more crucial points.