It is not unusual that the Schalke have breakfast together in the morning. But that they leave the club premises for this. As part of the preparation for the last home game against FC St. Pauli on Saturday (8:30 p.m., live! At Schalke home), they stayed away during the week. Those responsible have chosen a domicile with a high ambience near their arena.

The current starting point will certainly have come up with the team breakfast. It is as diverse as clear: Schalke 04 can rise this weekend, even as a second division champion – the club can also gamble everything in the end of the season. Even the crash is possible in 5th place. Sports director Rouven Schröder outlined on Thursday at the press conference before the home game, how the balance is to be maintained from an euphoric mood and admonishing attitude. So one wanted to “allow the euphoria from outside, but always remain calm and factual internally”.

St. Pauli is entitled to win against us.

Rouven Schröder

The question of concentration should also have been the main topic at breakfast. “We haven’t flown to us throughout the season,” said Schröder, “we once played better and worse.” Büskens added: “These points keep us very awake.”

The content could also have been the fact that with a view to the season finale in Nuremberg, four Schalke are threatened by a yellow lock in a week. Büskens, whom at the moment hardly plague personnel problems, explained in a wink that he had instructed his players not to take too much time against St. Pauli during a substitution or to curb the “activity mode” in the direction of the referee.

After all, Schalke should have enough to do with his opponent. At the press conference, Schröder emphasized with the Hamburgers despite the concentrated Corona eruption: “St. Pauli will not be able to play with us with a fuselage or with a Notelfe.

Büskens and S04 Düsseldorf keep your fingers crossed

Born in Düsseldorf in Gelsenkirchen: Mike Büskens, a Schalke club legend. imago images

Also a topic when sitting together: the game of SV Darmstadt on Friday in Büskens’ birthplace Düsseldorf. This game is of fundamental importance with regard to the Schalke home game. Only if the Darmstädter should not win can the royal blue to make the climb perfect on Saturday. Büskens called several reasons for a success of the Fortuna, which were two most important: “Under Daniel Thioune they play a really good round, and it is also the last home game of the season for them, in which they want to say goodbye to their audience.”

Of course, this also applies to Schalke itself. On Saturday evening, when the ball rolls in the arena, the Eurofighter will also be present on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the European Triumph. Of all things, organizer Olaf Thon cannot be there because of a positive coronate test, but otherwise almost all UEFA Cup winners from 1997 will show face, led by their then coach Huub Stevens.

Büskens is “zero integrated”

While the clutodles, who beat Inter Milan on that May evening, act against St. Pauli as a lucky charm, Eurofighter Büskens is understandably “zero into the processes because of his coaching job. But I also have no head for”.

S04-PK vor St. Pauli | FC Schalke 04

His biggest wish will of course be to be able to initiate the Bundesliga promotion with his former teammates. At least on a home win that would make the way for what could follow what could follow in Nuremberg a week later.