Mainz (AP) - Schalke striker Michael Gregoritsch has vehemently resisted general criticism of the poor exploitation of opportunities after the zero number at FSV Mainz 05.
"It's not all shit and not all bad, it's not all black or white," said the 25-year-old Austrian international after the fourth Bundesliga game in a row without a win. «We work a lot at the front, step on the gas. The time will come when we are told how good and great we are, »said Gregoritsch.
The Schalke must quickly return to the road to success. They are still in sixth place, but are six points behind a Champions League rank. However, on Saturday (6.30 p.m.) it will be even more difficult to claim a victory: the opponent is second in the table, RB Leipzig. "We lack the ease of playing out chances," said Schalke head coach David Wagner. And luck. As in injury time, when Weston McKennie freestanding headed just past the Mainz goal. "We take this point with us and will continue," said the 04 coach unabashedly.
Thanks to Fortuna, but also thanks to new signing Jeffrey Bruma as defense chief, the Rheinhessen scored a point and started a «mini series», as 05 coach Achim Beierlorzer said. After the win at Hertha and the point against Schalke, the club threatened by relegation could extend the distance to the relegation place to five points. "Five points is good, seven points would have been best," he said with regret.
He also won something good from 0-0. "We don't allow much anymore, have become more reliable and are no longer the league's shooting gallery," said Beierlorzer in view of the 48 goals conceded - most of all first division teams. Bruma, loaned by VfL Wolfsburg, the next opponent of Mainz next Sunday, has his share in it. «It's always nice to be zero. At Hertha we got three points, now one. So far, so good, »said the Dutchman after Mainz's first draw on matchday 22 of the Bundesliga and the first point after four home bankruptcies.