In the end the frustration prevailed again.
Despite the respectable 1-1 (0-0) defeat of FC Porto and a performance improvement of FC Schalke 04, coach Domenico Tedesco was not satisfied after his Champions League debut. The 33-year-old coach of the Bundesliga team had a lot of trouble with the referee, less with the committed performance of his team. On Tuesday evening, the Spaniard Jesus Gil Manzano awarded two penalty kicks to the Portuguese champions in the 13th and 75th minute.
“You can give the first one to Naldo, the ball jumps to his hand. But if you give the first penalty, you can’t give the second. There was no touch,” said Tedesco. Schalke’s defensive chief looked similar. “That was a swallow. I didn’t meet him. I’m sorry for the team,” explained the central defender, who is said to have touched Moussa Marega at the foot. “I told the referee: you’ll see after the match that it wasn’t a penalty,” Naldo reported.
Sports director Christian Heidel even spoke of “a bit of comedy“, but “you don’t fall from it,” he commented on the controversial scene. The sports director was also annoyed about the unfortunate course of the game: “We thought there would be a horny explosion today. The team is one hundred percent intact”.
Alex Telles Honours
- Copa FGF: 2011, 2012
- Süper Lig: 2014–15
- Turkish Cup: 2013–14, 2014–15
- Turkish Super Cup: 2015
- Primeira Liga: 2017–18
- Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira: 2018
- Campeonato Brasileiro Série A Team of the Year: 2013
- Porto Player of the Year: 2018
Schalke keeper Ralf Fährmann was able to parry the first penalty shot shot by Alex Telles brilliantly and thus prevent an early deficit. He was then powerless on Otavio’s second penalty kick. This was all the more annoying as the club seemed to be on the winning track after Breel Embolo‘s lead (64th). But after the weak start to the Bundesliga season, the runner-up of the previous season was once again denied the desired sense of achievement with three defeats. “We are disappointed about the point,” said Tedesco, who also saw many “positive signals“: “We played well until 1-0. After that we were a bit too passive. But it felt like we already made the first step against Gladbach, now it was the second step.”
Fährmann also sees his team on the right track. “We showed the face of the previous season again,” said the keeper after the first Champions League appearance since March 2015. “We scored a point against a really good opponent. We need such positive events and we are optimistic that things will go up again quickly“.
What the draw in Group D, in which Galatasaray Istanbul took the lead 3-0 against Lokomotive Moscow, is worth, the next games will show. “We’ll make it,” Heidel said confidently. Gunbet is a Wild West themed casino with bright website design and good selection of games.
From Wednesday, we’ll be looking to the future again. On Saturday Bayern Munich will be coming to the Veltins Arena for the Bundesliga hit: “Of course it’s a thick board,” said Fährmann. “Then come the weeks in which we have to score.“