The official website for European football

Stevens on bringing the best out of Schalke

Published: Wednesday 4 April 2012, 10.25CET
FC Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens talks to UEFA.com about how solid foundations help "bring out players' individual quality", something he needs at Athletic Club on Thursday.
Published: Wednesday 4 April 2012, 10.25CET

Stevens on bringing the best out of Schalke

FC Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens talks to UEFA.com about how solid foundations help "bring out players' individual quality", something he needs at Athletic Club on Thursday.

FC Schalke 04 coach Huub Stevens will have to summon every last ounce of his vast experience on Thursday when his team attempt to overturn a 4-2 quarter-final first-leg home defeat at Athletic Club and reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

The 58-year-old Dutchman knows all about the latter stages of European competitions, having orchestrated Schalke's march to UEFA Cup glory in 1997 in his first spell in Gelsenkirchen. Stevens says those memories "don't help right now", but he is keen to lay down solid foundations to allow the likes of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Raúl González to "bring out their individual quality". He tells UEFA.com how.

Last updated: 27/11/12 5.15CET

Related information

Team profiles

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/news/newsid=1778986.html#stevens+bringing+best+schalke

UEFA.com features

The rise of Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy
  • The rise of Leicester and England's Jamie Vardy
  • Manchester City signing İlkay Gündoğan in profile
  • EURO cult heroes: 2012 – Jordi Alba
  • Camille Abily introduces champions Lyon
  • EURO history makers: 2012 - Andrés Iniesta
  • Dickenmann and Bussaglia: Wolfsburg's Lyon link
  • Prêcheur testifies to Lyon success
  • Kellermann aims for Wolfsburg hat-trick
  • Snap shot: Shevchenko rolls back the years
  • Meet Wolfsburg with captain Nilla Fischer
1 of 10