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theguardian - 2 month ago

Have doomed Schalke finally hit rock bottom after latest thrashing? | Andy Brassell

Die Königsblauen are once again searching for a new head coach after Christian Gross’ departure, but few will be tempted by the poisoned chalice Ultimately, there were few surprises. Avoidable goals conceded from set-pieces. A threatened second-half renaissance when it was already too late. And a shambolic, stumbling, chaotic ending like an unwelcome drinker being turfed dishevelled from the doors of the hostelry at the end of a long night.

Yes, Schalke’s 5-1 defeat at Stuttgart or “promoted Stuttgart”, as it has been obligatory to underline in German media in the time since, as if Schalke’s humiliation needed to be made more acute and contained all the hallmarks of a performance under the Christian Gross era. Possibly the worst part of it is that the veteran Swiss coach’s spell in charge has actually been the best, most productive spell of Die Königsblauen’s season (and it did contain their sole win so far), though it’s all comparative in a campaign which has thus far yielded nine points from 23 games. Related: Verona not quite fatal for Juventus but golden run may be about to end | Nicky Bandini Continue reading...


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