The pros of FC Schalke 04 were just dragging themselves into the visitors' corner when their fans already cheered them on the derby: " Shit BVB! Shit BVB! " it echoed through the Sinsheim Stadium.
The unnecessary 0: 2 (0: 0) at the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hooked the supporters of the Royal Blues on Sunday evening. On Saturday's in the Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund. The team of coach David Wagner lost the chance to go into the duel with the arch rival as championship leader.
"The performance over 70 minutes – I think everyone agrees – was impressive, the goal just missed," sporting director Jochen Schneider said with a shrug. Only Seventh instead of first – Schalke has not been able to take advantage of their competitors' failures.
Hoffenheim's Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric made his comeback after a lengthy knee injury (71st minute) and Joker Ihlas Bebou (85th) scored for the Kraichgauer , The team of head coach Alfred Schreuder had hardly made a stab for two weeks after their 2: 1 coup at FC Bayern München.
"We have rarely dominated a match so much, but we did not have any compelling chances to score," goalkeeper Alexander Nübel said. For Wagner, who worked at the Hoffenheim Youth Academy from 2007 to 2009, it set the first away defeat of the season one day after his 48th birthday. "We want to keep up with the top teams in the league, and if we continue to play football the points will come by itself," said Alessandro Schöpf defiantly. Scoring opportunities had his team in the first half nevertheless. Daniel Caligiuri hit the crossbar after only three minutes on a free kick.
Pressing pleases – but does not succeed in Hoffenheim
"It was a deserved victory for Hoffenheim because they scored two goals and we do not, "said Wagner, but pointed to a" real good away game "- 70 minutes long. His team is still learning, "because football has been played here for quite a long time". Schneider also liked the pressing, the physical force and also the playful dominance of his Schalke.
The table after eight matchdays? Is Schalke a top team? "I do not start with the question, we watch game by match, we collect our points, top team or not – all uninteresting," he said. "The score is crucial, the way we work, how we play, not whether we are second, fifth or seventh."