Professionals | 18/12/2017

Ruthenbeck on Schalke

“We will have our opportunities”

The final competitive match of the year will see 1. FC Köln visit FC Schalke 04 in the Round of 16 of the DFB-Pokal (German Cup). Interim coach Stefan Ruthenbeck is expecting a difficult match, but sees opportunities for his own side as well.

Stefan Ruthenbeck spoke on Monday’s press conference about…

  • …the expectations leading up to the match: “It will be another difficult match. Schalke are in great form, are a physically fit side, and are mentally very strong. They are capable of turning any match. We will need an excellent performance to get the result we want.”
  • …his squad situation: “Unfortunately, Birk Risa will not be available. He picked up a knock in the last match. Today we had Kevin Goden from the U19 team as part of our training squad and we are contemplating taking him with us. We will make the decision early on Tuesday.”
  • …the quality of Schalke: “Schalke have a lot of quality, particularly in tactical aspects. They vary between a three-man defense and a five-man defense, but I have also seen them play a 4-1-4-1. The positioning in midfield is constantly in motion. Offensively, they have plenty of players capable of scoring goals. They are a great team and definitely belong to the top five in the Bundesliga.”
  • …defeating Schalke: “Every match has to be played first. Even against Bayern Munich, with a little bit of luck we could have gotten a point there. Every match has moments when it can tip to one side or the other. You have to make the most of your opportunities when they come to you. Our match against Wolfsburg showed that any team can be beaten. We know Schalke is a strong opponent, but we will have our opportunities as well.”
  • …the value of the Cup match: “It is extremely important. We want to gain further confidence, but we also want to advance to the next round. Each match is an opportunity for us to develop the team. There is also a lot of money involved in a competition like this, which is important for the club. I expect plenty of FC fans to be there and I am sure they will be expecting us to make their dreams come true. This is why we are absolutely required to win this match.”

Match Details

  • Kick off at the Veltins-Arena on Tuesday is set for 20:45 CET.
  • Robert Hartmann will be the senior referee.
  • This will be interim coach Stefan Ruthenbeck’s first DFB-Pokal match with 1. FC Köln.


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