What has happened to Schalke 04?

The Bundesliga has been fun thus far with a good number of the prestigious teams doing well enough. However, one team stands out and has been exceptionally poor this season, and its Schalke 04.

One question that is begging for an answer is this; What is wrong with Schalke 04 under David Wagner? The Royal Blues have been very poor this season!

They were struggling before football was halted and one expected them to come back with a new lease of life on the return of the Bundesliga.

However, they appear to have grown worse based on recent results. They are not the worst team on paper in the Bundesliga, therefore, this is a cause for concern as manager David Wagner’s job could also be on the line if fortunes don’t turn for good.

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In spite of this dread of a form they are in, they were hit with even worse news after David Wagner announced that their highest goalscorer for the season, Suat Serdar will miss the rest of the season with a muscle injury.

Before the Bundesliga was suspended this season, Schalke 04 had not won in 7 matches. They had lost 3 and drawn 4 out of the 7 games with just 2 goals scored and conceded 15. Very poor run for a club of Schalke’s caliber.

The suspension of the game came at the right time for them and fans would have heaved a sigh of relief from what had become a nightmarish season, and looked forward to seeing them bouncing back when competitive football eventually returned.

However, this has not been the case since the return of Bundesliga action amid the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve even come off worse after the break and gone on to lose their last three games in the league.

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They were battered 4 nil by Dortmund in the Revierberby, thrashed 3 nil at home by visiting and clearly struggling Augsburg, and then lost 2:1 against Dusseldorf away from home on the last matchday. They’ve conceded 9 and scored just 1.

David Wagner’s men have drawn 4 and lost 6 of their last 10 games, picking just 4 points out of a possible 33. They’re gradually going down and could be dragged into relegation waters although it’s unthinkable presently.

Regardless, There’s still a chance for a place in Europe, and Wagner has it all to do to make his side return to winning ways. Else, he’ll likely not be at the Veltins Arena next season.