Burgstaller: Goal is to perform like last year

Guido Burgstaller didn’t just use the summer break to take in his first six months at Schalke, he also got married - tying the knot with the long-term girlfriend Stefanie. “The celebrations were fantastic,” said the 28-year-old.

After a long break following his inclusion in the Austrian national squad for the World Cup qualification games, Burgstaller recently rejoined his Schalke team mate for pre-season training. “I was a little bit stiff after the first session,” admitted the striker, laughing. “But that’s not putting me off. It was a good feeling to be back out on the pitch with the team.”

With 9 goals in 18 Bundesliga games the forward, who signed from FC Nürnburg last winter, quickly earned the love of the Royal Blue fans- and Burgstaller has planned to pick up where he left off for his first full season in Gelsenkirchen. “I want to carry on from where I got to last season,” he said adding: It’s my goal to back up my performances from last year.”

An intention he will attempt to accomplish under a new coach. “I am looking forward to working with Domenico Tedesco and getting to know his ideas. The first impression was positive. It’s now about us and how we take his ideas forward,” said Burgstaller.