BERLIN (AP) — Although Domenico Tedesco’s second season at Schalke isn’t going as well as his first, Saturday’s Ruhr Derby against Borussia Dortmund could change things for the better.
Schalke, which is playing in front of its own fans, has a chance to hand Dortmund its first Bundesliga loss of the season.
Schalke is already 19 points behind its rival after 13 matches. In contrast to Dortmund, which boasts a seven-point lead over Borussia Moenchengladbach, Schalke has picked up only four wins after starting with five losses.
There had been signs of improvement after that disastrous start, but Schalke has been unable to string together two consecutive wins in the league since October.
For a team that finished second last season, it has been a rude awakening, particularly with Dortmund flying so high.
Tedesco was bitter after his team drew 1-1 at Hoffenheim…