Stevens enjoying lofty Schalke dreams
Schalke coach Huub Stevens believes his side and their fans are allowed to dream about the title after yesterday's 3-1 win over Stuttgart took Die Königsblauen level on points with Bayern Munich at the top of the table. The victory also enabled Schalke to make inroads on Bayern's superior goal difference, fuelling belief that this could be their's year.
"All I know right now is that we have as many points as Bayern Munich and dreams are sweet," he said. "I was surprised at how well we started the game and how quickly we went 1-0 up."
However, he says he would be equally surprised if his side continued to win every game during the second half of the season. "It is only the media who make us out to be Bayern hunters," he added. "We are realistic. We know that we will lose games again."
Stuttgart now have a battle on their hands qualifying for Europe next season after seeing Wolfsburg overtake them in the table. "It is a shame because we had high hopes," said their coach Bruno Labbadia afterwards. "We lost the game on set-pieces. We may have controlled things after the early goal, but we did not push forwards enough and then we conceded the second, from another set piece. Then, the game was lost."