With Naldo, the people in charge at Schalke 04 hoped, the joy would return to the ailing club from Gelsenkirchen.
But after 24 games without a win, the Brazilian’s contagious optimism seems to have vanished.
As the "Bild" reports, there was a heated argument on Sunday at the club's training area.
Right in the middle: Naldo and striker Vedad Ibisevic.
During the training of the substitute players, who had watched the sobering performance against VfL Wolfsburg (0: 2) the day before from the bench, the 38-year-old assistant coach spoke.
According to consistent media reports, he is said to have spread perseverance slogans in a louder tone.
Ibisevic attacks Naldo
For Ibisevic, who is notorious for his quick-tempered manner, apparently the wrong choice of words on the wrong day.
The 36-year-old attacker was suddenly head to head with Naldo.
Both had to be separated from the rest of the group.
Naldo sees progress: "We are alive again"
Assistant coach Naldo from the stumbling traditional club Schalke is hoping for an end to the horror series after 23 Bundesliga games without a win.
He sees positive developments after the draw against Mainz.
Manuel Baum then broke off the unit.
The rest of the team, i.e. the starting lineup against Wolfsburg, were amazed at the earlier return of the reservists and only found out about the incident in the cabin wing.
Already in the analysis of the recent defeat, Schalke's coach should have become louder in the cabin.
“When you watch the games, you ask yourself, of course, what do they train during the week?
But the team works hard, the trainer meticulously, assured the team manager after the question he raised: "We will continue to the bitter end."
Paying a relegation
Only a quarter of the season has been played, but coach Baum is aware “that we absolutely have to win, score points and improve our performance”.
One was "disappointed and angry" about the once again terrifyingly bad first 30 minutes of Saturday, said Baum.
"We didn't put anything on the record."
The statistics, including those of Baum, are devastating.
A total of three points after eight game days - all of them under David Wagner's successor - a goal difference of 5:24, no game to zero in 20 games, already 13 goals conceded from standard situations.
Paying a relegation.
Mark Uth's interview right after the Wolfsburg game showed how tense the situation at Schalke is at the moment.
He was "served and so angry.
It's so sad to be powerless to play football.
We don't even get into the duels.
We all play very bad football.
I don't know how we want to win a game like that. ”He could go into the dressing room and just cry.