An unusual incentive could end Schalke’s vulnerability at set-pieces, FC Schalke 04 general manager Horst Heldt confirmed.
FC Schalke 04 ended the last Bundesliga season ranked fourth, a place that will see Schalke enter this year’s Champions League during the play off stage.
The Royal Blues scored 58 goals and conceded 50 in a season that garnered 55 points for the club, with set-pieces contributing 12 goals to both the for, and against, columns.
And in a bid to cut down their frailties against opponents’ set-piece attacks this season, the Schalke coaching staff have offered their players a unique deal - for every conceded goal from set-pieces, the team has to play a four digit sum to the club, while every goal scored from set-pieces will be rewarded a four digit bonus from the club.
“In the first place, it is not about the money,” Heldt told Sport Bild. “But rather about concentration. Players need to recall again and again to be concentrated during dead balls. It is equally important to avoid conceding goals from set-pieces, if possible.”
Over the past few weeks, several Schalke players have dreamt about winning the club’s first German championship in 56 years. But, talking to the paper, Schalke 04 chief Clemens Tonnies said despite the club’s big goals, Schalke should “stop talking about the championship.”
“Especially from Munich we have big competition,” Tonnies said. “Let’s collect points first. First of all, we should set our sights on qualifying for Champions League once again.”