In spite of major injuries and a negative series of eight league games without victory, FC Schalke 04 is confident to enter the important descent battle at Hanover 96 on Sunday (15:30 o’clock).
“My impression is that the boys are giving gas and doing everything they can to achieve a good result”, said Coach Huub Stevens.
The Dutchman still has to wait to see if the beaten Daniel Caligiuri and Guido Burgstaller will fit in time for the game at the table’s predetermined. With the hosts the use of the Brazilian stormer Jonathas is still questionable.
For the 65-year-old Stevens there is a reunion with two old acquaintances in Hanover. He replaced the 96-coach Doll twelve years ago as coach of the Hamburg SV. 96-manager Horst Heldt was still working for the Schalker 2011 and 2012 when Stevens returned there for the first time and had to go again after about fifteen months.
In his biography, Schalker Century Trainer Heldt makes some accusations about this separation. Hannover’s manager doesn’t want to know about a strained relationship.” My memory is always positive,”said Heldt. Huub stands for much that is Schalke. But there was also the moment when, as a manager, you were afraid to go into the coach’s cabin.”