Rodrigo Zalazar in Dortmund against FC Schalke 04 in a duel with Mats Hummels.

He was instrumental in the rise and is considered one of the best footballers in the game FC Schalke 04. But under Frank Kramer Rodrigo Zalazar has a difficult time.

The Revierderby was the low point for the Uruguayan. The fans of FC Schalke 04 puzzle: How did Zalazar end up on the bench?

FC Schalke 04: Rodrigo Zalazar under Kramer outside

With a minimal budget, Rouven Schröder had to put together a squad suitable for the Bundesliga for the S04. Zalazar’s commitment after a successful loan was considered a milestone.

Nobody would have expected that the 23-year-old would become a problem. But that’s how it happened. In Dortmund he was missing from the starting XI for the third time in a row. Against Stuttgart (1:1) and Bochum (3:1) he came at least for half an hour. In the derby, coach Kramer only gave him the last nine minutes.

At FC Schalke 04, Rodrigo Zalazar only came off the bench in the derby. Photo: IMAGO/Moritz Mueller

Zalazar only got nine minutes in the derby

After the painful 1-0 defeat, almost everyone at Schalke agreed: in this short time, Zalazar had revived the attacking game, which had been practically non-existent up to that point. He looked for duels, dared to dribble, tore gaps and played bold passes.

That’s why all the miners are puzzled: Why doesn’t Kramer rely on Zalazar despite all the offensive problems?


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Kramer’s Playstyle: Drexler has the edge

In August, the S04 trainer explained the regular substitutions as conditional deficits. “The intensity of the Bundesliga is also new territory for him,” explained the coach at the time. However, a lack of fitness should not be behind the demotion.

More likely: Zalazar just doesn’t fit Kramer’s tactics. Under him at FC Schalke 04 the fight has been the top priority so far. Here Dominik Drexler, who has been on the “ten” for weeks, has the edge. Zalazar had to switch to the outside at the start of the season, now even to the bench.

So far, Kramer has hardly followed the playful approach that the Uruguayan stands for. Much to the frustration of Simon Terodde, Sebastian Polter and Co – who can only rarely be staged as a result. And from Rodrigo Zalazar, who is now going through a valley after the high flights in the promotion season.

Source: Derwesten

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