As clear favourites against the Bundesliga’s basement boys, the Wolves’ task in the cup was a thankless one. Indeed, Schalke played without burden at the Volkswagen Arena on Wednesday evening. And since the Green-and-Whites did not quite get going as they have done in the league lately, it was a fight to the end for the coveted quarter-final spot.
Afterwards, both coaches highlighted that it was not just Wout Weghorst’s penalty rebound that made the difference, but also the strong reflexes of Koen Casteels, while Glasner had praise for the rest of his players, too.
The coaches’ reaction
Oliver Glasner: “Schalke haven’t won for a while, but we still knew that this team can play really good football. And they showed that in patches today. We’ve won to nil for the fourth game running – you don’t get runs like that very often in your career. It’s important that we remain modest and humble, and not assume that we’ll play every team off the park. You have to work hard for every win and the boys did that today. We put in a lot of effort right the way through to keep the clean sheet. Koen also came to our rescue twice in brilliant fashion. We’re happy that we’re in the quarter-finals.”
Christian Gross: “We’re all very disappointed because we expected more of ourselves. It was a hard-fought cup tie, in which we had some very good chances. But we didn’t convert them because of a very strong performance from the opposition goalkeeper. Credit to him: he made match-winning saves today. Overall it was a very good performance from my team, which makes me confident for the upcoming games.”