Leipzig (dpa) – After the next disastrous appearance of the Schalke pile of shards, the merciless billing of the otherwise often hypothermic sports director followed.
“For us it’s first of all about becoming competitive and being able to stand up to Union Berlin in the next game,” said Jochen Schneider at Sky. The day before, the coach Manuel Baum installed by him had experienced a devastating premiere in the 4-0 draw at RB Leipzig on the bench of Bundesliga bottom Schalke 04.
Schneider revealed that the situation of the past few months with the separation from David Wagner and now 19 league games without a win have left his mark. “It hurts the way we’ve played in the last few weeks and months. The situation has been alarming since January,” said the 50-year-old. The current situation after three games with zero points and 1:15 goals has “to do with the pear. We have to resolve these blockages.”
After the terrible evening in the Red Bull Arena, Baum analyzed that the task might be a bit more complex. “We have to work on all issues,” said the 41-year-old. In Leipzig, he was painfully shown what he had done to himself with his new job. “We were extremely busy defending. Even if we had captured the balls, they were quickly gone. We acted discouraged when we went up front.”
The defensive tactic devised by Baum with up to eight players built close to their own penalty area collapsed like a house of cards after a good half hour. This was preceded by two decisive moments. First of all, a thigh injury that had just healed at Suat Serdar broke out again after 20 minutes, which means that the 23-year-old will probably have to forego the upcoming international matches. Then the substitute for Serdar Can Bozdogan (31st minute) steered a preparatory work by Emil Forsberg into his own network.
Baum looked calm and emphatically factual, but not hopeless. The Leipzig victory could have been much higher thanks to the other goals from Angelino (35th), Willi Orban (45th + 2) and Marcel Halstenberg (80th / penalty). The 41-year-old now wants to use the international break to work intensively with the squad. At the top of the list is: everything. “I would not prioritize there. If we only concentrate on the defensive, the important behavior with the ball falls away,” explained Baum. “You cannot single out one topic, you have to approach it holistically.”
The new coach obviously has the players on his side. “We are happy with the new coach. He has good ideas and good tactics. With him we will stop the downward trend,” said captain Omar Mascarell. For Frederik Rönnow, who came into the goal at halftime for Ralf Fährmann, who had an adductor injury, the recipe is actually quite simple: “We are fighting for our self-confidence and need a sense of achievement. Then we can reverse the trend.”
In view of Schalke’s financial crisis, it is unlikely that fresh forces will help in reversing the trend. Before the transfer window that closed on Monday, Baum spoke to his current staff as a precaution. “My attitude is that I want to make the best of the players who are there,” said the coach. He still believes in the team’s potential and noticed during training that you are gradually working back on your self-confidence.
Little of it was seen in Leipzig. In the quick combinations between Forsberg, Dani Olmo and Christopher Nkunku, Schalke always came at least two steps too late. RB coach Julian Nagelsmann even let play without a nominal striker. That was enough for Schalke 04 in the current constitution.