Schalke midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng scored a brace with his head to see the Gelsenkirchen side bounce back from their 3-0 loss to Chelsea in the Champions League.
The former Tottenham and Milan winger helped his side to a 3-1 win over SV Werder Bremen on Saturday, with two unusual headed goals from the player.
The post-match interview with the player saw him reply in his usual confident and candid manner, praising the quality of the crosses from which he scored, his purpose on the pitch and how important it was to bounce straight back after the loss to Chelsea.
‘’I’ve never scored a headed brace before, but with such outstanding crosses, you’ve just got to put them into the net’.’
When questioned on his performance not being ‘eye-catching’ but his goals proving the difference, the 26-year-old remarked:
‘’Well isn’t that what’s expected from me? No game is easy and you can’t always play to your full potential
‘’I’m pleased though, that I managed 90 minutes against Bremen, and scoring two goals is even more of a plus. It’s great to win today in order to bounce straight back from the defeat to Chelsea’’
The disappointing performance of Schalke wasn’t good to watch as Chelsea dominated the possession and the game, and in the end cruised to a 3-0 victory. The Gelsenkirchen side have been in good form recently and look strong in the league for another top 6 finish.
The loss to the Premier League side was a huge dent in their quest for qualification to the group stage, as they now look to battle it out with FC Basel for 2nd place in Group E, so the win against Bremen was the little ‘pick me up’ they needed.
On the former Tottenham man, it’s fantastic to see him doing well in Germany, and to see his career take another step in the right direction.
The improvement from his Spurs and Portsmouth days is incredible to see, as many saw him as a ‘flop’ in England. Since then, he has become renowned as one of the top midfielders in Europe and before his €15 million move to Schalke, he had become a fan favourite at AC Milan.
With confidence like he has, it's easy to see why.
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