Baum's third Bundesliga game as the head coach of Schalke 04 is about to usher in the first important highlight: Ruderby! At 0:30 this Sunday, the Royal Blue and the Yellow and Black teams met in an official match for the 157th time. This is also the 97th Bundesliga match between the two sides.
"This is the first time I have experienced Ruderby as a coach. I am looking forward to it." Baum revealed at the pre-match press conference, "But there is a little regret that we still can't see our fans. "Affected by the current epidemic, only 300 home team fans are still allowed to enter the game.
In addition to the away fans, three Schalke professional players were missing: Fellman, Serda and Ute, who had been absent from the Berlin United before. Regarding Ute, the coach emphasized that the game plan will not depend on the lineup. There is one less creative and goal-threatening player on the offensive end, but "our team has great potential. We have high-quality offensive quality and diverse player types. I believe we can deal with Ute’s absence."
After the home game against Berlin United, Baum expressed satisfaction with the current combat performance of his players. It is now important to make more progress in the field of competition. The situation on the training ground is going well, but once he arrives in the Bundesliga, his team will lack some confidence. "The more confident you are, the better the game will be," Baum explained. "The training and the performance in the friendly matches are enough to prove this.
Baum described the opponent he is about to face as a team with strong personal abilities: "They have a very strong offensive style and are good at offensive and defensive conversions and ball ownership conversions." So the corresponding countermeasures? "Football God invented counterattack tactics that can make the frontcourt play a little looser." Baum said, "If we can successfully get the ball back, then the game will get better."
In the Dortmund stadium, internal emotional mobilization is also crucial. "In order to be brave on the court, we try to inject derby emotions." Baum added, "The important thing is to keep a clear head and a fiery heart on the court."