Without Naldo in Istanbul
On Monday it became known that Ralf Fährmann, the regular goalkeeper, will not be taking part in the trip to Istanbul. Shortly before the departure on Tuesday morning to Istanbul the next shot for the runner-up. Another important pillar of the Schalker defensive is lost.
Due to an infection, defence chief Naldo will not make the trip to the match with Turkish champions Galatasaray. So before the important meeting on the third matchday of the Champions League Group D, it’s time for another blow for the runners-up in the Bundesliga.
Naldo in particular, with his concentrated international experience, is of course extremely difficult to replace for the Schalkers. For coach Domenico Tedesco, the smallest problem is who will take over the captain’s armband in the absence of Fährmann and Naldo; one of the candidates is Daniel Caligiuri, also a member of the Schalker team council.
Abdul Rahman Baba and Franco di Santo, who Tedesco did not take into account, were also absent on departure. The second goalkeeper this time is a youngster, 17-year-old Yannic Lenze, U-19 regular goalkeeper and a top squire talent. Because already last year, when he could have played in the B youth, Lenze was raised to the A juniors.
All in all, the conditions for the Schalk travel group’s encounter with the 21-time Turkish champion on Wednesday evening were extremely difficult. The Champions League debut of goalkeeper Alexander Nübel will certainly not be made any easier by the loss of veteran Naldo, and the regular U-21 keeper can look forward to a hot evening.
Tedesco backs Nübel up
But it’s clear that Tedesco will be strengthening his young keeper’s back, who, in the certainly hot atmosphere of Istanbul, is expecting a real acid test like the entire Schalk team. “He has a good room layout,” says Tedesco, “and it’s no problem for Alexander to take the place of Ralf Fährmann in the box.
On Saturday, Nübel was already in the Bundesliga for the ferryman injured at the adductors against Werder Bremen in the box, and the 22-year-old had done well despite the 0:2. Now the next test is waiting in Istanbul – without the important front man Naldo.