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Schalke adrift without a point as Champions League looms into view | Andy Brassell

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Three defeats in three games have left Schalke 17th but the club have backed their young manager to turn things around

Whatever Schalke might be lacking, they can be sure that they have a leader of substance. After the final whistle at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday, as some of his players sat dejectedly on the turf and others wandered around looking lost following a 2-1 defeat, Domenico Tedesco came on the pitch and approached the away fans, waving arms and clenching fists, with passion and defiance clear on his face.

The 33-year-old manager won an army of admirers in his debut Bundesliga season and, if he can lead his team out of the hole they have started to dig, he can win even more. The weekend’s reverse left Schalke pointless after three matches (the worst run of his tenure at the club), only challenged in the premature calls of crisis stakes by the equally empty-handed Bayer Leverkusen.

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Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Eintracht Frankfurt, Bayern Munich 3-1 Bayer Leverkusen, Fortuna Düsseldorf 2-1 Hoffenheim, Mainz 2-1 Augsburg, RB Leipzig 3-2 Hannover, Wolfsburg 2-2 Hertha Berlin, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Schalke, Werder Bremen 1-1 Nürnburg, Freiburg 3-3 Stuttgart

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