FC Schalke 04 won 5-0 (2-0) at Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday. However, one Royal Blue could not celebrate the brilliant away win: Dominick Drexler, who was surprisingly dropped from the squad by head coach Dimitrios Grammozis. The S04 coach then kept a low profile about the reasons.
For weeks, second division soccer club FC Schalke 04 had longed for the return of midfielder Dominick Drexler, who was only able to celebrate his comeback after a muscular problem in the 1-1 (0-0) defeat of Holstein Kiel on the 19th matchday. The fact that the 31-year-old was not in the Knappen matchday squad a few days later caused astonishment among the Schalke supporters.
“I don’t want to say that he was too bad in training. All the boys just give it their all and we have to name a squad,” said head coach Dimitrios Grammozis afterwards.WAZ” on.
The German-Greek didn’t want to provide a real explanation, even pushed it afterwards: “Of course you have to explain to a player from time to time why he’s not there. But you don’t have to constantly talk to the lads and explain, explain, explain.”
Latza bears no grudges: “Put egos aside”
Drexler, who came on a free transfer from 1. FC Köln in the summer, has been on the pitch in 15 competitive games for the Royal Blues. He scored one goal and four assists. However, his non-consideration at Schalke shouldn’t last too long, the trainer hinted: “Today it was the case that Dome wasn’t there. That can change again after the international break. Everyone can step on the gas, everyone can do it show. Dome too.”
Dimitrios Grammozis’ decision not to include captain Danny Latza in the starting line-up after recovering from a muscle injury had already caused excitement in those around Schalke. The 32-year-old initially only sat on the bench against Aue, but was then able to prove himself after the break – and impressed with his first two goals of the season.
Latza did not harbor resentment in view of the coach’s decision towards “Sport1”: “We have to put the egos aside. It’s about Schalke 04, not about each individual. We all have a goal and then we have to step back.”