1. FC Nürnberg – Schalke 04: Schalke Win One Point Despite Nürnberg Domination (1-1)
The match between 1. FC Nürnberg and FC Schalke 04 was a battle between two sides highly threatened by relegation. Therefore, it was not a big surprise that both sides chose rather riskless attacking strategies. This led to a game without many scoring opportunities from open play. Nürnberg could still dominate the match with clever rotations in possession and a well-organized defense. However, Schalke’s attacking threat from set pieces was enough to secure them one point.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
Under the stress of relegating, Nürnberg and Schalke both already sacked their head coaches this season. Therefore, Boris Schommers and Huub Stevens were in a dire need of points with their clubs. Whereas the home side showed a slightly positive tendency in the previous games, Schalke did not show many signs of improvement under Stevens so far.
Nürnberg played in a 4-1-4-1 formation with Sebastian Kerk and Matheus Pereira as wingers. Up front, single forward Mikael Ishak was tasked to threaten Schalke’s goal. The back four was led by the imposing center-backs Ewerton and Lukas Mühl. Central midfielder Eduard Löwen played a vital role by supporting the defenders during the buildup.
Schalke coach Stevens set his side up in his preferred 3-5-2 system. In midfield, Omar Mascarell played as a single pivot behind two central advanced midfielders. The wing-backs Bastian Oczipka and Daniel Caligiuri attacked down the flanks and completed the back five in defense.
Schalke’s issues in possession
Either side started to press high up the field . . .