FC Schalke 04 coach Markus Weinzierl was particularly pleased with the performance of the younger players in his side’s 2-0 victory over Nice in their Europa League tie on Thursday.
The Royal Blues maintained their flawless start to their European campaign in registering their fifth consecutive victory, with goals from Evgeni Konoplyanka and Dennis Aogo – to top Group I with 15 points.
Nice were, however, eliminated as a result of this loss, after recording just three points from their five games played.
Following the match at the VELTINS-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Weinzierl says he was satisfied with every aspect of his team’s display.
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“It was a deserved win,” he told the club’s official website.
“We can be satisfied with the result and the fact that we have five wins from five in the Europa League group stages.
“We took the lead at the perfect time. The second goal proved to be decisive. We stood very firm defensively and we gave nothing away against the team who are currently at the top of Ligue 1.
“The young players did well and were very committed.
“Thilo Kehrer, Bernard Tekpetey, Fabian Reese and Donis Avdijaj deserve credit. The older members of the team helped them find their feet, and I was very pleased to see that and the fact that the younger players gave their all. Having that is good for the whole team.
“The wins gives us even more confidence and momentum ahead of the Bundesliga match against SV Darmstadt 98,” he added.
The former FC Augsburg mentor also revealed some causalities, which will more than likely see midfield duo Max Meyer and Nabil Bentaleb miss their upcoming match against SV Darmstadt 98 on Sunday.
“I hope that we can keep things going on Sunday and keep our run of good results going. We are going to have to wait and see on Max Meyer and Nabil Bentaleb.
“Max has a knock to the ankle and Nabil may have a broken nose. We do not know for sure yet. Obviously, we are hoping for the best from the diagnoses,” he concluded.
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