Schalke ‘cushion’ pleases Magath

Schalke manager Felix Magath feels Sunday’s 2-0 win over Cologne

has given his side a valuable cushion in the top three of the


Goals from Joel Matip and Jefferson Farfan ensured a new club

record of six-consecutive wins at home to move the Royal Blues back

to within touching distance of the league leaders Bayer Leverkusen

and Bayern Munich, while at the same time leaving fourth-placed

Hamburg six points in their wake.

“The win against Cologne was vitally important for the

remainder of our season,” said Magath. “Given the tough challenges

we have in the coming weeks, we have managed to create a points’


“Now we can afford to even lose a game without dropping a

place in the league.”

Schalke have also not conceded a goal in their last six

matches at the Arena AufSchalke and are in what appears to have

become a three-horse race for the title this season.

However, Magath continues to refuse to think of his side as a

title candidate.

“We know that we cannot compare ourselves to Bayern,” he

said. “My team is still too young for that.”

Schalke face Magath’s former club Bayern twice in the coming

month, both at the Arena AufSchalke in the Bundesliga and the

DFB-Pokal semi-final.