Benedikt Howedes: 'It was tough for Jens Keller to follow Huub Stevens'

Howedes: 'It was tough for Keller to follow Stevens'
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Benedikt Howedes praises Jens Keller for how well he has replaced previous coach Huub Stevens.

Schalke 04 captain Benedikt Howedes has admitted that coach Jens Keller had a tough task to follow in the footsteps of previous coach Huub Stevens.

After a slow start Keller has guided Schalke into fourth in the Bundesliga, with Howedes praising the new coach for not changing too much from the previous regime.

"The coach had a rather tough act to follow," Howedes told

"The team was never thrown off course. We've always worked really well together."

Schalke host Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

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