Darko Churlinov only played 17 minutes in FC Schalke 04’s 2-1 win over Jahn Regensburg. Curiously, he was substituted on and off again. Dimitrios Grammozis apologized to his protégé.
When the score was 0-1, Schalke coach Dimitrios Grammozis brought on offensive player Darko Churlinov in the 63rd minute. With the help of the 21-year-old, the Royal Blues turned the score around within ten minutes through goals from Simon Terodde and Malick Thiaw. It seemed to be a great afternoon for Churlinov, but then in the 80th minute it was over again for the hanging striker on loan from VfB Stuttgart.
A thankless situation for the player, as the fans at Schalke noticed. They showed sensitivity and celebrated Churlinov after he was sent off. His coach Dimitrios Grammozis apologized for the extraordinary measure. During the game he briefly hugged Churlinov.
“I would like to apologize to Darko, and I did so in front of the team,” said the 43-year-old at the post-game press conference, adding: “I know how shit it is, being substituted on and off again to become.”
Schalke coach Grammozis changes the victory
Florian Flick came into play for Churlinov. A necessary move according to Grammozis as his men needed defensive stability. He praised his player’s brief appearance and also gave an insight into his inner workings. “He played a big part in the win with the free kick that made it 2-1. Darko was very positive again after the game,” Grammozis continued.
However, the coach also showed a good touch with his substitutions. Marius Bülter, who set up two goals, and Thiaw, who scored the winning goal, joined Churlinov on the pitch. “We need everyone, that’s true week in and week out. I’m happy that we got such a win with the guys who came in,” said Grammozis.