Schalke 04 need an absolute miracle to save themselves from falling to the German Second Division. The 8-0 conceded in September against Bayern did not bode well for an easy campaign. After a whole end of 2020 without knowing the victory, the first three points came on January 9 with a 4-0 win over Hoffenheim. From there, they continue in a spin, direct to the 2. Bundesliga.
The situation is not improving and four coaches have already passed through Schalke: David Wagner, who lasted two games, Baum, from matchdays 3 to 12, Stevens, who coached one match and Gross, the last to leave. Almost more responsible than points, since those of Gelsenkirchen have barely added nine with a single victory and six draws. The remaining 16 matches have resulted in defeat. Exact 16, such as the low number of goals they have in favor.
With this dramatic balance and nine points from relegation, Lothar Matthäus did not hesitate to point out the culprits and the names are, to say the least, noteworthy. Huntelaar, Mustafi and Kolasinac have been pilloried by the German soccer legend for their poor performance. “The three, being the most expected players and the ones who should pull the rest for their supposed quality, have so far been totally disappointing. It is likely that all three will leave when the season ends and cause more discomfort, although it seems impossible, “he writes in his column on Sky Sports. “After the team wore down four coaches with their performances, from now on they can't complain about anyone but themselves,” he adds, also pointing to the rest of the group.
A history that is at risk of decline this very weekend. The miracle will have to come against Mainz and a victory is demanded. If not, everything will be over. Matthäus, starts with the 'rebels' but also distributes blame. “The team has made mistakes for months but so have all the sports managers and coaches. It was blatant, inexplicable and never seen before so many at such a level, “he explains. Still, he brings the Blues to life if they win and thinks he can sign “one of the greatest miracles in Bundesliga history.”
If it happened, it would undoubtedly serve as an inspiration to all those who fight to keep their place in first place from last place because Schalke is, by numbers, the worst team in the major leagues in Europe.
The Germans add nine points to the 20 of Huesca, bottom in LaLiga (3 wins, 11 draws), which equals in Ankaragucu in the Turkish League (five wins, five draws). In Portugal, Boavista has 18 and in France, Dijon has managed to get 15 so far in the championship. Closer to him are Crotone, bottom of Serie A, with 12 points and the Dutch Emmen, who adds the same figure. Just two behind Schalke are Sheffield, who have just 11 points in the Premier League.
At the scorer level, lThe 'blades' are the worst with just 15 points in 25 games. A brand that Schalke does manage to improve even if it is for a little bit.
The bottoms of Europe
|Team||League||Points||Record (V-E-D)||GF / GC||Difference of points to exit the descent|
|Huesca||LaLiga Santander||twenty||3-11-11||22-36||2 (Valladolid, 22 points)|
|Ankaragucu||Turkish League||twenty||5-5-15||28-44||5 (Basaksehir, 25 points)|
|Boavista||Portuguese League||18||3-3- 9||21-34||1 (Gil Vicente, 19 points)|
|Dijon||League 1||fifteen||2-9-16||18-44||11 (Lorient, 26 points)|
|Crotone||A series||12||3-3-18||23-57||8 (Torino, 20 points)|
|Emmen||Eredivisie||12||2-6-16||21-53||10 (Venlo, 22 points)|
|Sheffield||Premier League||eleven||3-2-21||15-43||15 (Newcastle, 26 points)|
|Schalke 04||Bundesliga||9||1-6-16||16-61||9 (Hertha Berlin and Arminia, 18 pts)|