Bayern Munich 2-1 Schalke: Clinical Hosts Extend Bundesliga Lead Despite Lax Performance

Bayern Munich were guilty of overplaying in attack as they laboured to increase their lead at the top of the Bundesliga to 18 points, with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Schalke 04.

The Royal Blues were hoping to cause an upset at the Allianz Arena and return to the top four in the league table. However, first-half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller proved to be too much for Domenico Tedesco’s side to recover from.

Bayern’s manager, Jupp Heynckes, was forced to watch the game from home after coming down with the flu – leaving his assistant, Peter Hermann, in charge in Bavaria.


Schalke started on the front foot and Breel Embolo saw an early effort kept out by Sven Ulreich after Bayern were caught napping on the counter-attack.

However, Schalke were soon made to pay for their wasted opportunity when Robert Lewandowski pounced on a mistake from Ralf Fährmann to put the hosts in front with just six minutes on the clock.

Thilo Kehrer and Alessandro Schöpf looked to respond quickly but were unable to test Ulreich.

The Royal Blues weren’t able to register their next shot on target until the half-hour mark, however, Franco Di Santo’s effort flew into the back of the net.

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After Bayern’s future employee Leon Goretzka turned defence into attack with a surging run, the ball ended up at the feet of Schalke’s Argentine forward and Di Santo’s first-time strike was well placed to cancel out Lewandowski’s opener.

However, Bayern’s lead was soon restored when Thomas Müller fired a ball across the face of goal that fortuitously caught Fährmann out at his near post, giving the advantage back to Bayern as both sides went in at the break.

Guido Burgstaller softly went down in a desperate attempt to win Schalke a penalty at the start of the second-half, with the Royal Blues not registering their first shot since half-time until the 70-minute mark.

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Benjamin Stambouli prevented Robert Lewandowski from making it 3-1 with an outstanding last-ditch tackle but the visitors struggled to show the same quality going forward – even with the introduction of Amine Harit, Bastian Oczipka and Yevhen Konoplyanka.

The returning Javi Martínez saw a speculative effort deflect just wide of the goal as Bayern looked to secure all three points in the last few minutes of the game, with Kingsley Coman also coming close to finding the back of the net.

Despite being unable to put the icing on the cake, Bayern Munich kept Schalke at bay and held on for the win. Attentions now turn to a trip to Wolfsburg next week before Turkish giants Be?ikta? are welcomed to Bavaria when Champions League football returns.



VIDEO: In-Depth Official? Analysis of Bundesliga Wonderkid Draws Comparisons With Arjen Robben

Bayer Leverkusen star Leon Bailey has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his performances in the Bundesliga this season.

The 20-year-old winger, who moved to the BayArena from Genk in 2017, has most notably attracted interest from a number of the financial powerhouses in the Premier League and was even linked with a move to England during the January transfer window.

As Bailey is still largely an unknown talent for most fans of the Premier League, the Bundesliga’s official YouTube channel released a video giving an insight into how the Kingston-born forward draws comparisons with Arjen Robben.

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In the video, which was powered by Tifo Football, Bailey is analysed in a number of different ways – with his powerful left foot drawing the most similarities to Bayern Munich’s Dutch winger.

The formations that Bayer Leverkusen manager Heiko Herrlich uses are analysed, with Bailey’s on-pitch relationship with Julian Brandt and his versatility in a number of positions also going under the microscope.

The 20-year-old is currently in the best form of his career and has come along way from his promising reputation in the Belgian Pro League. 

With eight goals and five assists to his name in the Bundesliga this season, many are already tipping Bailey to be the next big thing in European football.

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Bayern Goalkeeper Set for Warm Weather Break to Aid Recovery From Long-Term Injury

?FC Bayern München have confirmed Manuel Neuer shall leave for a brief vacation to a warmer climate to aid his recovery. 

The German number one suffered a hairline fracture to his metatarsal in March of last year, but soon returned to action afterwards. However, the injury was aggravated in the loss to Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League quarter finals.

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Neuer eventually returned for die Roten’s first Bundesliga away game in the win over Werder Bremen in late August, but pulled out of training a couple of days after, complaining of a foot problem.

The resultant scan revealed he had cracked his metatarsal once again and had to undergo surgery, wearing a cast after. The 31-year-old reportedly suffered a setback in his recovery plan and will be out for a further period.

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Consequently, ?Bayern have confirmed the shot-stopper will take a short holiday in a warmer climate until 18th February.

The club go on to say Neuer has made excellent progress in recent weeks and has been assigned individual training plans to aid his daily rehab.  

The captain’s absence has handed the starting spot to Sven Ulreich who has blossomed since Jupp Heynckes returned. Christian Früchtl has also been called up the bench in mean time.

But Bayern are still almost certain to storm to their sixth consecutive Meisterschale, with ?Arjen Robben denying any notion of complacency in the squad.

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Thiago Alcantara’s injury means Neuer is the only player out injured, with all squad members training at Säbener Straße.


Jupp Heynckes Jokes About Substituting Lewandowski Before He Can Equal Boss’ Goal Record

?Robert Lewandowski is poised to equal Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes’ home goal record on Saturday evening against Schalke 04.

Heynckes set the record of scoring at least once in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s first eleven Bundesliga matches at home, during his second spell with the Foals in the 1972/73 season.

However, the Polish striker could match such a feat if he scores against Schalke at the weekend, having added to his tally most recently against TSG Hoffenheim.

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Heynckes casually spoke on such a record in his ?press conference ahead of the match against die Königsblauen, with whom he managed for a year.

“I was joking with Robert that I had only just found out I had such a run. He’ll start tomorrow and he can’t be worrying about whether I will take him off before he breaks my home goals record,” the manager said cheekily.

While Schalke are a formidable opponent – as Heynckes later pointed out – Lewandowski has an excellent record of scoring 12 goals in 17 meetings, including during his spell with Ruhr rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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The match shall also be a “special” occasion for Leon Goretzka who will look to impress his new employers ahead of a free transfer in the summer from Gelsenkirchen.

Lewandowski spoke of his aim to reclaim the Torjägerkanone on Thursday, ?as well as voicing his tiredness at the never-ending transfer rumours linking him awa from Bavaria.

“I’m in a good position to win the top goalscorer crown – it is very important for me. I want to try and reach thirty goals for the season, but it’s more vital I play well,” he said.

The 29-year-old currently leads the race for Bundesliga’s version of the golden boot with 18 goals to his name, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had 13 before leaving for Arsenal.

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Leon Goretzka Labels Saturday’s Bayern Clash as ‘Special’ Ahead of Controversial Summer Transfer

?Leon Goretzka will travel with FC Schalke to face his future employers in FC Bayern München on Saturday evening.

With months left on his contract, the former VfL Bochum player signed a pre-contract in January allowing him to join die Roten in the summer on a free transfer.

The decision did not go down well with the Schalke faithful, however, as several banners were displayed in the draw against Hannover 96 aimed at Goretzka for betraying their club.

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Goretzka, on the other hand, remains focused on finishing his career with die Königsblauen on a high, having reached the DFB-Pokal semi-finals – with the draw to take place on Sunday.

Speaking after the win over VfL Wolfsburg, the 23-year-old spoke on the clash in Bavaria with ?Goal: “I think the topic of my transfer will boil up a bit again. Playing against Bayern is always special and with my situation the game is going to be a bit more special.

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“It took a lot of time to make my decision because I wanted to be 100% sure, and I am.”

Goretzka has continued to impress this season, scoring four goals in fourteen Bundesliga games under manager Domenico Tedesco.

Goretzka will likely play against Arturo Vidal at the Allianz Arena, who has been ?rumoured to be the player ousted by the imminent arrival.

Bayern have an exceptional record against Schalke, which included a resounding win in Gelsenkirchen at the start of the season.

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