Sebastian Kehl on Schalke’s relegation: “I will really miss the Revierderby”

Sebastian Kehl (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - Pool/Getty Images)
Sebastian Kehl (Photo by Friedemann Vogel - Pool/Getty Images) /

Sebastian Kehl has said that Schalke 04 will be missed in the Bundesliga next season after Borussia Dortmund’s arch-rivals were relegated to the second division on Tuesday.

It has been a disastrous season for Schalke 04 right from the start. The Royal Blues have already lost a whopping 21 games in the Bundesliga, earning just two wins all season long. Relegation has long been a matter of when, not if. Their fate was finally sealed on Tuesday when a 1-0 defeat to Arminia Bielefeld condemned them to relegation from the Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years.

In an interview with WAZ, Sebastian Kehl said that he will really miss the Revierderby next season.

"“Schalke will be missed by the league. I personally will really miss the derbies. Even as a player, I played in a lot of derbies and loved these games. I know about the explosiveness of the game and its importance in the region, about the passion.”"

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 share one of the fiercest rivalries in world football. These two sides have produced some of the Bundesliga’s most memorable matches over the years, and the derby will certainly be missed next season.

Sebastian Kehl criticises European Super League plans

Sebastian Kehl also said that Borussia Dortmund were always opposed to the European Super League plans. The Borussia Dortmund head of players department added that he was glad to see clubs realise that the path they were taking was the wrong one.

"“We were always against these plans at BVB,” Kehl said. “I’m glad that some clubs realized in the end that the path they were taking was the wrong one. We must not forget that we play football for the people. That’s how I thought when I was a player for BVB – and that hasn’t changed in my current position either.”"

Twelve of Europe’s biggest clubs announced plans to form a breakaway European Super League on Sunday. But after widespread criticism from all over the world, the plans were scrapped just two days later. And the majority of the teams have already pulled out from the proposed tournament.

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With the Super League now suspended, there is more focus on UEFA’s planned Champions League reforms. The Borussia Dortmund supporters once again criticised UEFA’s planned reforms on Wednesday by unveiling a banner outside the Signal Iduna Park.