Match Day 32: Time to Pull the Plug on this (Royal) Blue 2015?

The 2015 portion of this season is becoming too exhausting to write about from a Royal Blue perspective. As of late, anytime Schalke has face a side in reasonable form, including mid- or lower-table squads, they go down to defeat. A few weeks ago it was Mainz. Earlier this year it was Frankfurt. This week it was Cologne, who have showed resilient defence, but little offence this season. Schalke were abysmally outplayed and looked like a team that does not want to compete in Europe next season.

All season, but especially under Roberto Di Matteo, it has been a story of not finding a balance between tight defence and a flowing attacking offence. Now Schalke find themselves in sixth position, only two points ahead of now-hot Dortmund. The question is whether it would be more beneficial to concede the Europa league position to them or continue to fight for a continental position?

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was out Sunday, because of suspension, as was Joel Matip. Marco Hoger was back, but more importantly, so was the starting midfield mixture of Julian Draxler and Kevin Prince-Boateng, with the latter put ahead of the struggling Jefferson Farfan. In a 4-2-3-1 with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting as the main striker, not much was accomplished; only five attempts were made on goal, with only one on net.

How pathetic.

Tranquillo Barnetta did substitute in for the disappointing Leon Goretzka, but the big question again has to be asked: why didn’t Max Meyer start? He did come on eventually for Draxler, but this player should either be used to his full capability or simply let go, so his talents can be used elsewhere.

Hoger’s performance wasn’t too bad (most crosses on team), but Matip is definitely superior to him on defence.

Ralf Fährmann definitely was not responsible for the defeat, despite the first goal going in off a deflection of an impressive save.

Leroy Sane, at least in the first half, had two runs at net, achieving them mainly by himself.

Overall, 2015 is a story of great individual players being dysfunctional as a team.

The next game is against Paderborn.

Three Stars

  1. Ralf Fahrmann
  2. Leroy Sane
  3. Roman Neustader – Lled the team in distance covered (11.41 km) and tackles won (15).

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