Schalke 04 also loses in the cup. After the fifth bankruptcy in a row, coach Frank Kramer is threatened with expulsion.
Frank Kramer motionless followed the fifth bankruptcy in a row – and his probably last minutes as coach of Schalke 04. After the 1: 5 (0: 3) debacle in his second “final” in the DFB Cup at TSG Hoffenheim with an indisputable performance the controversial coach is about to be eliminated. “Kramer out” rang out from the curve of the royal blue fans.
“We have in no way shown the face, the virtues that we wanted to show. That leaves me almost speechless,” said Kramer: “The defenselessness is almost a mystery to me. We all let the club down.”
That was probably it for the 50-year-old. The heaviest cup smack in 17 years must have robbed him of his last arguments, after last Friday’s 0: 3 Kramer was only a coach “on probation”. Sports director Rouven Schröder announced sky to: “We’re going to stay here to analyze and get things straight – the end is open. Today’s game showed a clear picture. We can’t go on like this.”
Kramer saw it the same way: “There’s no way we can continue like this. We have to play the games very differently and appear very differently.” The fact that this will in all likelihood happen without him did not concern Kramer immediately after the game: “My focus is on the content, everything else is not my issue.”
Schalke boss Rouven Schröder takes responsibility for the team
Israeli Munas Dabbur (5th/43rd), Angelino (16th), ex-Schalke player Ozan Kabak (51st) and Pavel Kaderabek (63rd) scored for Hoffenheim. Thanks to the round of 16 and fourth place in the league under the direction of former Schalke coach André Breitenreiter, the Kraichgauers are right on target.
On Saturday, TSG has to prove itself in the Bundesliga against record champions Bayern Munich. For Schalke, who only got on the scoreboard through Dominick Drexler (69th), the trend-setting game against direct opponent Hertha BSC is on the program on Sunday.
After the debacle in Sinsheim, sports director Schröder also took responsibility for the team. “Everyone has to understand the situation we are in,” he emphasized, listing the latest results: “0: 4, 0: 3, 1: 5 – that’s a tendency. We can’t present ourselves in this form . I made that very clear to the team. Everyone has to think about it. I’m including myself in that. We’re all in the same boat, it only works together.”
FC Schalke 04: Will Thomas Reis follow Frank Kramer?
Even before the kick-off, everything revolved around Kramer’s personality. On Saturday, those responsible for Schalke around sports director Rouven Schröder extended the grace period for the coach after a crisis meeting – despite the fourth loss in a row and disappointing performances.
Nevertheless, there was further public discussion about possible successors. The name Thomas Reis kept coming up. The ex-Bochumer, who recently had to leave VfL, was already an issue for royal blue in the summer.
In front of 15,633 spectators in Sinsheim, Angelino already had the lead for Hoffenheim after 99 seconds, but the full-back narrowly missed. Dabbur did better shortly after. The Schalke defense didn’t deserve its name in either scene.
Even after the lead, the hosts, who had to do without star striker Andrej Kramaric, determined what happened. Dabbur failed to S04 goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow (13th).
The Schalke usually just ran behind. After about a quarter of an hour, Schwolow initially held strong again against Dennis Geiger, but seconds later the ball wriggled in the net. Angelino had deducted from the edge of the penalty area.
Class difference between Hoffenheim and Schalke
As a result, a class difference became apparent over long stretches. The Schalke were inferior in all respects. Hoffenheim played cat and mouse with the guests, but forgot to score. Only shortly before the break did Dabbur increase the result.
In the second round nothing changed in the dominance of Hoffenheim. Before Kabak hit his head from a free kick, the Schalke penalty area had been on fire several times. Even before Kaderabek’s fifth goal, it could have hit the S04 goal twice or three times.
After the goal, the Schalke fans who had traveled with them had no patience. “Kramer out” echoed through the arena. Schröder looked appropriately served on the bench, and Drexler’s goal didn’t change that.