No chance for striker search

The rejoicing in the Veltins Arena after the 3: 0 of FC Schalke 04 against Hertha BSC on the last Bundesliga match day was great – the first home win in seven months. "Since January Schalke had won no home game, which somehow felt – even in all the energy that has discharged after the game," said new coach David Wagner (photo) retrospectively in an interview with the "Ruhr news".

David Wagner

D. Wagner

FC Schalke 04

Nationality: United States United States

1st National League

1st National League

After the ambitious opponents Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC, the "Royal Blues" can score four points. Previously, it was still deep stacked, as would also be zero points from the first three games okay. Schalke came "with all the difficulties and problems of the past season in the preparation for the new season," said Wagner. "It is not an understatement, but legitimate to consider all sorts of eventualities. The bandwidth, what can happen, was and still is relatively high. We are still far from what could be described as 'insanely stable'. "

This is also one of the reasons why Wagner had a seasonal goal "as dubious", without having precise knowledge of his players and the squad of opponents. First, the team must get to know each other. The Bundesliga is not his "core competence," according to Wagner, who has spent four years training in England. "After the first round, when the winter transfer window is closed", a seasonal goal can be spent. "Then we played against each team once, and coaches and players got a total feeling for each other."

Schalke squad "open to new and very willing to work"

The S04 squad Wagner characterized "as open to new and very willing to work". "Everyone pulls along, there is no one who brakes," Wagner continues on the team that was repeatedly criticized in the preseason for their lack of attitude. "I can only talk about my perception. Of course, I read a lot and got told, but that must not affect me. Because I make myself credible if I'm not uninfluenced open to new, but it requires of the players, "said Wagner.

Sorted by market values: The Schalke squad in the gallery

Sorted by market values: The current Schalke squad in the gallery

Sorted by market values: The current Schalke squad in the gallery

Nevertheless, the weak last season should not be completely blanked out. "It's not about forgetting. Sometimes it can even be helpful to remember. The boys already know that they did not do what they can in the last season. No one is there who raises his hand and says, 'I have nothing to do with it.' On the contrary, "said Wagner. "Maybe that's the mentality that players know they need to make up for. But I did not have a team meeting with the motto, 'Hey, what happened to you last season?' Our eyes must now be on today and tomorrow. "

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Until recently, Wagner had hoped for a new striker in the offensive – in vain. "I accept this situation. For me, the long-injured Mark Uth felt like a new player in the attack – a player I perceived from a distance as a technically outstanding footballer, who also inspires me with his physical presence in training. We have Guido Burgstaller, Ahmed Kutucu – I think we are well positioned in the attack, "Wagner says calmly.

Embolo "wanted a fresh start" – Schalke is missing money for new striker

"The reason why it did not work out, knows every fan, every journalist," Wagner described the situation around the search for assassins. When asked if Schalke would be in trouble with other players like Eintracht Frankfurt because of the financial resources, Schalke replied: "Let's replace the name with some other players of this category and add a few more clubs to the club mentioned above In addition: Then you always have to answer the question with 'yes'. "Finally, according to Spanish media reports, a loan from Real Madrid's Mariano Díaz has failed to become the" squire ".

market value
Mariano Díaz

M. Díaz

20.00 € million


With Breel Embolo the Schalke have also in the summer another alternative for the attack on the league rivals Borussia Mönchengladbach delivered. For Wagner, the Swiss would have fit perfectly into his system. "When I looked at the squad after my commitment, Breel was one of the players I was looking forward to the most. From the age, from the disposition, from the talent ", so Wagner. "But Breel and his advisers left no doubt that he wanted to leave. He wanted a fresh start, that was clearly and so communicated. So it would have made no sense to deny him the change. Especially in our situation, we only need players in the cabin who are 100 percent in Schalke from day one. "

market value
Breel Embolo

B. Embolo

14.00 € million


Wagner does not see that Schalke lost its appeal on the transfer market. "No, that already has its meaning – otherwise we would not have been able to do the transfers that we made," said Wagner. The club Juan Miranda from FC Barcelona was able to convince and out-stand well-known clubs like Juventus Turin and Olympique Marseille. However, the 19-year-old defensive talent came only by loan to Gelsenkirchen. "The economic resources are already the decisive factors in the transfer market, so we can not fool ourselves," says Wagner.

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