Coach Huub Stevens made the players of Schalke 04, Saturday is a huge compliment after the win (2-4) at titelkandidaat Borussia Dortmund. The victory put the Bundesliga club and an important step towards self-preservation.
“To be honest, I had a little bit of see it coming,” says the Dutch interim-trainer. “The past few days I noticed that everyone was very concentrated and motivated.”
“Tactically, we have done very well”, he continued Stevens. “The commands are executed just as we had agreed. Moreover, it was the bet great. Therefore, we were able to win the match.”
Dortmund came on a 1-0-lead, but then allowed just a 1-3 deficit by hits of Daniel Caligiuri (penalty kick), Salif Sané and again Caligiuri. The home team had been reduced to nine men by red cards for Marco Reus and Marius Wolf. By hits of Axel Witsel and Breem Embolo ended the duel in 2-4.
“Maybe sometimes we have a little bit of luck. But if you’re in Dortmund to win but, you can only be happy. And that we are,” said the 65-year-old Stevens.
After the end took the victory in the Dutchman emotions. “I had just one tear from my eye. It is still something special if you degradatiekandidaat wins for the team that champion can be.”
Huub Stevens four victory with his team. (Photo: Pro Shots)
‘Have championship lost against Schalke’
Schalke increased by winning the hole with the ‘unsafe’ sixteenth place from VfB Stuttgart to six points with three matches to go. As a result, the team from Gelsenkirchen is as good as certain of another year in the Bundesliga.
“Stuttgart is also coming to Gelsenkirchen, so that match is very important for us. But it should be celebrated, especially if you are a derby win. Then the focus back to the important home match against FC Augsburg next week”, concluded Stevens.
Lucien Favre, the coach of Dortmund, said that the defeat especially hard had arrived. “I think we are today, our chances of the championship have gone.”
Dortmund with a match more played, a point behind Bayern Munich, Sunday, to visit 1. FC Nürnberg. After this weekend there are still three speelrondes on the program in the Bundesliga.
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