Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – Sometimes it's very fast. Following recent successes in the Cup and in Bundesliga, the mood of FC Schalke 04 improved dramatically in a single week.
So Revierclub goes with a fresh self-confidence in the champions' championship with Galatasaray Istanbul. "The success is easier, and the head is free again," said Schalke defender Benjamin Stambouli before a match against the Turkish champions. "We must continue to believe in ourselves, we have good mentality and quality."
With home win, Schalke (five points) in Group D could open the door to the second round and move the Turks (4) on four counters. However, coach Domenico Tedesco warned 0-0 in the first leg against an opponent. "Galatasaray has a lot of quality, I think they are even stronger abroad."
But at Schalke on Saturday, the faith re-emerged in his own strength after winning the 1 FC Cologne Cup and winning against Hannover 3-1 on Saturday. Seasonal loss seems to be ticked. "Mood is better than a few weeks ago," Tedesco said. "It is important now that we continue on. Success is back when we believe in ourselves."
First-time goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann will return to the team after having suffered an adductor injury two weeks and a half ago but is initially just sitting on the bench. "Ralle is on the haze, but there is still a residual risk that we will not pass," Tedesco said. 22-year-old deputy Alexander Nübel will therefore be in charge of the sixth duel. In the upcoming Bundesliga match with Eintracht Frankfurt, 30-year-old Captain Ferryman, according to Tedesca, could move between places.