Now Schalke can’t just dream of promotion!
With the 3-0 win over Heidenheim and the point losses of their competitors, the royal blue is the front runner for the first time.
After the fourth win in the fourth game with interim coach Mike Büskens (54), there is much to suggest that the Pott-Klub will return to the Bundesliga.
BILD names 04 reasons: That’s why Schalke is rising!
► Individual quality: In addition to top scorer Simon Terodde (34/22 goals this season), Schalke samurai Ko Itakura (25/dream goal to make it 2-0) can now also make the difference.
Uru driver Rodrigo Zalazar (22) on the ManCity loan (5.5 million euros purchase option): “Ko is a great player. I hope he stays with me at Schalke.”
► Fan weight: 57000 in the arena and especially the legendary north curve are finally a real home advantage. Despite playful weaknesses, whistling is no longer so quick. The support for away games is first class anyway.
Büskens: “Our 12th man had a very large part in this victory!”
► Büskens effect: While predecessor Dimitrios Grammozis (43) split the club (players, bosses, fans), everyone can gather behind the Eurofighter. In addition, Grammozis opponents such as Dominick Drexler (31/goal and assist against Heidenheim) deliver a sudden performance.
► Endgames: Darmstadt (April 17), Bremen (April 23), Sandhausen (April 29), St. Pauli (May 7), Nuremberg (May 15) – Schalke have promotion and the second division championship in their own hands. A hammer program, but that keeps the concentration high and actually excludes complacency. The Büskens warnings (“We haven’t won anything yet!”) should not be in vain.
Incidentally, the goal difference is also great (plus 25) – Schalke have the very best chances of promotion!