Sinsheim (dpa) - The pros of the FC Schalke 04 dragged themselves just in the score curve, because her fans agreed they already loud on the derby: «Shit BVB! Shit BVB! »Echoed through the Sinsheim Stadium.
The unnecessary 0: 2 (0: 0) in the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim hooked the followers of the Royal Blues on Sunday evening from a jiffy. On Saturday's in the Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund. Carelessly the team of coach David Wagner lost the chance to go into the duel with the archrival as championship leader.
"The performance over 70 minutes - I think everyone agrees - was impressive. The goal was just missing, "said sports director Jochen Schneider shrugging. Only seventh instead of first - Schalke has the blunders of competitors again can not use.
Hoffenheim's Croatian striker Andrej Kramaric made his comeback after a lengthy knee injury (71 minutes) and Joker Ihlas Bebou (85) scored for the Kraichgauer. The team of head coach Alfred Schreuder had made two weeks after their 2-1 coup at FC Bayern Munich for a long time hardly a trick.
"We have rarely dominated a game so much. But we did not have any scoring chances, "said goalkeeper Alexander Nübel. 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. If we continue to play football, the points come on their own, »said Alessandro Schöpf defiantly. Scoring opportunities had his team in the first half nevertheless. So Daniel Caligiuri met after only three minutes in a free kick the crossbar.
"It was a deserved win for the Hoffenheimers because they scored twice and we did not," said Wagner, but pointed to a "really good away game" for 70 minutes. 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 after game that we collect our points. Top team or not - all uninteresting, "he said. "The score is crucial, the way we work, how we play. Not if we are second, fifth or seventh. "