This duel has the crackling factor!
When Schalke meets Leipzig (6.30 p.m. / Sky) on Saturday, it is a game of opposites: fan culture, club history and financial background could hardly be more different. Nevertheless, the royal blue bosses look very closely …
Younger, faster, cheaper: there is so much Leipzig in Schalke!
Despite all the criticism of the shower construct and the investor Red Bull, the Saxons have become an example of successful sporting development for many clubs and managers at record speed.
Unsurprisingly, this also applies to Jochen Schneider (48). Schalke’s sports director came to Gelsenkirchen from the RB group almost exactly a year ago. For him, Leipzig, like Gladbach or Leverkusen, is one of the clubs from which royal blue can learn.
BILD says where this has already happened!
The average age of the external additions this season: 21.4! At this age, performance explosions and corresponding enormous increases in value are possible. The average age of the Schalke start elves is always among the youngest in the league.
RB shows Werner and Co. what ICE-Tempo can do in their own game. At Schalke, too, speed is at the top of player profiles. 10 million man Benito Raman (25 / came from Düsseldorf) is a clear sign of this.
Because Schalke has to turn every euro at least twice, the focus was on rebuilding the scouting system. The goal: a significantly higher success rate for transfers, although the available funds are lower.
A start has been made – but nothing more. This also shows the result dip in the last few weeks (only one win in 5 league games). The European qualification of the royal blue wobbles. But those responsible are relaxed, refer to the many injuries and the very young team.
The teams are separated by 9 points in the table. Coach David Wagner (48) sees a fundamental need to catch up: “We have a lot to catch up on. At RB I find it exciting how innovative the people of Leipzig are. But that also has to do with financial strength. We are in the process of developing in this direction. ”
A good idea today would be an important indicator …