Schalke teammates disappointed with Julian Draxler

Schalke’s Julian Draxler has come under fire from his teammates for acting greedily on perhaps his side’s best scoring opportunity against Bayern Munich in their Bundesliga clash on Saturday.

With the match at 0-0 in the 50th minute, die Konigsblauen had a clear chance to score on the counterattack with Draxler on the break with teammates in tow.

In the end, the teenager botched the chance on goal as he failed to give the ball to a waiting Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The side from the Ruhr ended up losing the match 2-0, but that moment remained in the minds of several players after the final whistle.

Julian could not get the ball under control. It was disappointing that we did not make more of it,” said Huntelaar.

Midfielder Roman Neustadter also had his say on the matter.

“That piece of play took us out of our rhythm,” said Neustadter.

Germany international Lewis Holtby reflected on the play, too, calling it the turning point of the match.

“If we do more there, the game may have looked differently. Three minutes later Thomas Muller scores and the game was over for Schalke,” he explained.

Draxler and his teammates will now look forward to a league clash with Mainz on Tuesday.

Lahm: Too soon to say Bayern Munich will win Bundesliga

Philipp Lahm believes it’s too early to say that Bayern Munich will cruise to the German title this season following their perfect start to the 2012-13 campaign.

The Bavarians have won their opening four league games, and hold a five-point lead over titleholders Borussia Dortmund.

Nevertheless, Lahm has urged his team-mates not to get carried away.

“It’s way too early to say that Bayern will just cruise to the Bundesliga title. We held a five-point lead last season as well, and still threw it all away. We can’t let that happen again this year,” Lahm was quoted as saying by TZ.

Lahm then reflected on Saturday’s 2-0 win over Schalke, and stressed that Bayern gave their title rivals a clear signal with the victory.

“We definitely gave off a signal, though, in the game versus Schalke. We showed our rivals what we’re capable of.

“It was an encounter between last year’s runners-up and the number three. It was a big game between two teams that had both won their Champions League game in midweek.”

Bayern resume Bundesliga action on Tuesday when they take on Wolfsburg.

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Bayern Munich – Wolfsburg Preview: Bavarians look to maintain undefeated Bundesliga start

BAYERN MUNICH

Neuer

Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Badstuber
Luiz Gustavo, Javi Martinez
Muller, Kroos, Ribery

Pizarro

WOLFSBURG
Roma

Benaglio

Fagner, Pogatetz, Naldo, Rodriguez

Kahlenberg, Knoche

Vieirinha, Diego, Olic

Dost

Bayern Munich will be looking to retain their 100 per cent Bundesliga record this season with a win over Wolfsburg at the Allianz Arena.

Jupp Heynckes has no new injury worries heading into the midweek fixture but may implement some changes in order to keep certain players fresh. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben, both recently back from injury, look set to start among the substitutes with Javi Martinez winning his first start for his new side.

Claudio Pizarro is given another chance as Mario Mandzukic is rested but the Bavarians’ coach will keep the same defence that he has selected for every game so far this season.

Felix Magath looks set to make two changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Greuther Furth at the weekend, with Robin Knoche replace Simon Kjaer and Vieirinha coming into the side in place of Marcel Schafer.

  • Bayern are undefeated in nine Bundesliga games, their last defeat came at the hands of Borussia Dortmund last season, effectively ending their title hopes.

  • Thomas Muller (pictured right) is currently the best performing player in the league. The 23-year-old has already amassed four goals and the same number of assists in four appearances.
  • Die Roten won this fixture 2-0 last season, but neither goal scorer from that game looks set to start. Arjen Robben is recovering from a knock while Mario Gomez remains sidelined.
  • Wolfsburg have not picked up all three points against the Bavarians since a 5-1 thrashing in their Bundesliga-winning year of 2009.

  • Ivica Olic and Mario Mandzukic will both be facing their former sides following transfers this summer.

  • The Wolves have won just one game so far this season and have only scored two league goals.

Muller has been outstanding this season, says Heynckes

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has taken the time to praise Thomas Muller following his impressive performances in the opening weeks of the 2012-13 campaign.

The Germany international has already netted four times in as many Bundesliga games this term, while setting up three more, and Heynckes feels the versatile attacker has been in extraordinary form.

“Thomas has been absolutely outstanding this season,” Heynckes was quoted as saying on the official Bayern website.

“Thomas is unpredictable. He’s always agile and incredibly committed.

“This is the Thomas Muller we all know and love.”

The 23-year-old attacker has not missed a single minute yet for Bayern this league campaign.

Robben: Bayern Munich are hungry for success

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben has admitted the Bavarians’ strong opening to the campaign has only served to intensify their hunger to win the Bundesliga.

Bayern, who comfortably saw off Schalke 2-0 at the Veltins Arena on Saturday, have won their opening four games and look formidable contenders to Borussia Dortmund’s crown.

After two seasons of disappointment, in which Dortmund have won consecutive titles, Robben remains wary of the reigning champions, but is up for the challenge.

“We are just in great shape, our organisation is spot on and we are creating many chances,” he told Bundesliga.com

“I had the feeling from the first day of pre-season that we are really hungry. The team wants to prove and achieve something. We have not won a title for two years now and that is not a nice feeling.”

The 28-year-old was also quick to salute Bayern’s strength in depth in light of their positive response to the loss of key players through injury.

“We are now able to cope better when players aren’t available because we have more strength in depth than we had last season,” he continued.

“Of course it is nice when this works right from the start of the season. Whether Franck [Ribery] has a small knock, or like I did last week, we are always able to compensate.

“The title has been our aim right from the beginning. That is not going to change. Just because we are currently ahead of Dortmund does not mean we will automatically win the league.

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