Schalke 04: Kramer quarrels after the test victory with deployed reservists
Schalke 04 wins the test against FC Gütersloh. Frank Kramer does not shy away from criticizing the deployed reservists.
Schalke 04 also used the international break for a friendly. Although they won against FC Gütersloh, they struggled Frank Kramer especially with the reservists, who have only rarely been used in competitive games so far.
Some first and second division clubs, which are not quite as different from the current one in terms of personnel international break are affected have held test matches these days.
So too Schalke: On Thursday evening we faced FC Gütersloh. In the end, the Royal Blues won 3-0 against the Oberliga. The guests from Gelsenkirchen mostly fielded players who have not had much of a turn so far. The result and the playful appearance was quite sobering.
In addition to regular players like Thomas Ouwejan, Rodrigo Zalazar, Jordan Larsson and Florian Flick, it was above all the opportunity for reservists to prove themselves to Frank Kramer. The coach gave Danny Latza, Florent Mollet and Sebastian Polter a chance.
Although Mollet played one or two unclean passes, the overall impression was convincing. The Frenchman has only 59 so far competitive game-Minutes, most recently he wasn't even in the squad anymore. In the test, he definitely showed why he could be valuable as a technically fine player.
Kramer made it clear to the S04 reservists: "Anyone who makes claims..."
Kramer, on the other hand, was not satisfied with the performance of the reservists. After the game he was compared to the Ruhr news clear: "Anyone who demands playing times has to show it on the pitch. Many didn't do that."
A truly bad conclusion, which affects several players at the same time. Certainly not all of them, that would have been very surprising. After all, Mollet, for example, was significantly better than Polter, who was offensively in the air, hardly had any chances and didn't find his way into the game again. And yet it is a sign of dissatisfaction with the coach and not a good sign for the players who wanted to offer themselves.
"We had a lot of control in the first half. However, I would have wished that we had been more consistent in our goalkeeping," Kramer continued.
An overall quite weak Latza scored the opening goal in the first half. Only Simon Terodde, who came on for Polter about a quarter of an hour before the final whistle, was able to score the other two goals to make it 3-0.
The fact that Schalke didn't manage to create more and more goal chances against the top division team is indeed a warning sign. Leo Greiml is a positive exception. The central defender, who is fighting his way closer and closer to the starting eleven after his cruciate ligament injury, completed an all-round successful game.
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