Schalke star Draxler praises ex-Chelsea manager's impact

Julian Draxler

Schalke star Julian Draxler believes new boss Roberto Di Matteo can get the club back on track following their poor start to the season.

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has spent just a short amount of time with new manager Roberto Di Matteo, but the German international has been more than impressed with what he’s seen thus far.

Unveiled as Jens Keller’s replacement at the Bundesliga outfit last week, Di Matteo was tasked with turning around the fortunes of a club which had picked up just eight points from their first seven league matches, following last season’s third-place finish.

The former Chelsea boss got off to a successful start on the weekend, recording a 2-0 home win over Hertha Berlin thanks to goals from Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Draxler himself, and the 21-year-old talisman, who was returning from international duty, believes there were encouraging signs for the future.

‘I know it’s difficult to fully say right now, because I’ve only trained two days with him, but I really him and his style of play,’ he told the league’s official website.

‘He’s a very good manager who’s coached big teams like Chelsea and hopefully he’ll improve us further over the next games.’

Sacked just six months after leading Chelsea to the Champions League title in 2012, Di Matteo hasn’t had another chance to prove himself in a managerial position since, but his new squad is filled with enough talent to compete on both the domestic front and in Europe.

While Tuesday’s UCL Group G clash against Sporting Lisbon will provide his next opportunity to impress, there’s no doubt that the ex-Blues midfielder will also be thinking about the November 25 clash against his former club at the Veltins-Arena, where revenge over owner Roman Abramovich could well be on the agenda.

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