After their best start to a league season in 44 years, FC Schalke 04 appeared to struggle through 2015/16, despite ending the season in fifth and qualifying for the UEFA Europa League. bundesliga.com looks back at the Royal Blues' campaign as a whole.
Season in a nutshell
It has been another season of upheaval and change in Gelsenkirchen. The club enjoyed their best start to a league season for 44 years following the appointment of Andre Breitenreiter as coach, but performances and results suffered as the campaign progressed. The Royal Blues were knocked out of the DFB Cup in round two at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and well beaten by FC Shakhtar Donetsk in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.
MD27: FC Schalke 04 2-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
After losing at Hertha Berlin, Schalke got back on the horse with a hugely significant – if slightly fortuitous – win at home to the Foals, exacting revenge for their DFB Cup exit.
MD29: FC Schalke 04 2-2 Borussia Dortmund
Breitenreiter’s team twice responded after going behind to maintain their momentum in the season’s final straight and dent Dortmund’s title push.
Leroy Sane once again underlined his tremendous potential in 2015/16. He scored the deciding goal in three consecutive matches between Matchdays 4 and 6 and netted against Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Hoffenheim in the final weeks of the campaign. There is every chance he will improve on his final tally of eight goals and six assists next season.