Schalke 0-2 Bayern Munich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lewandowski Nets in Win for German Giants

Bayern Munich maintained their perfect record this season and returned to the top of the Bundesliga table with a routine 2-0 win on the road to German giants Schalke 04, who are without a point after four league games.

The hosts barely had a touch of the ball in the opening exchanges of the match and Bayern Munich took the advantage inside eight minutes. James Rodríguez capitalised on some slack defending from a set piece and found the back of the net with a powerful downward header.

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The likes of David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski continued to knock at the door but were unable to really test Ralf Fährmann. The Austrian full back did, however, leave the Schalke goalkeeper stranded with a long-range free kick, only to be denied by the crossbar.

James wasted the chance to double Bayern Munich’s lead early in the second half with a contender for miss of the season, but the Colombian then gave Robert Lewandowski the chance to get on the scoresheet by winning a penalty.

The Pole made no mistake from the spot despite Fährmann diving the right way, and Bayern Munich’s two-goal lead saw them take control of the match even further. Although the Reds didn’t add to their scoreline, it proved to be one of the most comfortable games for them this season.


Schalke

Key Talking Point

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Manager Domenico Tedesco will be stocking up on headache tablets this week after his collection of centre forwards frustrated the Schalke boss on Saturday.

With three recognised strikers starting the game – where Franco Di Santo was playing slightly deeper – Tedesco could be seen shouting instructions at his forwards throughout the match.


Mark Uth appeared to come under criticism for not offering any threat in behind Bayern Munich’s defence, as well as struggling to hold up the ball to bring other players into the game. Breel Embolo was equally ineffective for the Royal Blues at the Veltins-Arena.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Fährmann (6) Naldo (5) Nastasi? (5) Sané (6) Caligiuri (6) Rudy (4) McKennie (7) Schöpf (7) Di Santo (4) Uth (4) Embolo (5).

Substitutes: Bentaleb (5) Harit (6) Burgstaller (N/A).


Star Man

Young Weston McKennie offered Schalke fans a glimpse of hope of what the future might hold thanks to his accomplished performance against Bayern Munich, but following an injury early in the second half, makeshift full back Alessandro Schöpf walks into the position.

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The Austria international was far from his best and he was even at fault for conceding a penalty in the second half, but some vital defending kept the scoreline down in Gelsenkirchen.


Worst Player

It’s impossible to highlight one player who was the biggest disappointment in Royal Blue.

Naldo was off the pace in defence, Sebastian Rudy was a huge liability in attack, while Schalke’s attacking trio were all anonymous at the Veltins-Arena. Franco Di Santo even started to give his manager an earful after being substituted due to his inefficiency.


Bayern Munich

Key Talking Point

Schalke were one of the most impressive teams in the Bundesliga last season, but Bayern Munich cruised past Domenico Tedesco’s side in arguably their most one-sided game so far this campaign.

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Although things once again are looking good for life in Germany, questions have to be raised by the club’s hierarchy as to how the Bavarians can make sure they are competitive during the latter stages of the Champions League.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Neuer (7) Kimmich (7) Hummels (9) Süle (8) Alaba (9) Goretzka (6) Thiago (8) James (9) Müller (7) Ribéry (7) Lewandowski (9).

Substitutes: Wagner (6) Gnabry (6) Sanches (N/A).


Star Man

If picking Schalke’s worst player was a challenge, then trying to single out Bayern Munich’s best will be even harder. There were a number of stellar performances throughout the match, and had it not been for missing an open goal, James Rodríguez would have walked into this position.

But one man who will likely go under the radar in David Alaba. The Austrian saw two speculative efforts trouble the Schalke defence, but it was his passing and ability when driving forward that gave the hosts their biggest problems.





Furthermore, Alaba was solid in his defensive third and didn’t offer wide man Daniel Caligiuri a sniff at goal throughout.


Worst Player

When Bayern Munich are at their best there is rarely a player who doesn’t impress the fans, and the Bavarians were certainly at their best on Saturday.

But considering the club came into this match after Renato Sanches stole the show during his first trip back to former club S.L. Benfica, supporters could be forgiven for expecting a better performance from ex-Schalke star Leon Goretzka.

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The midfielder hardly put a foot wrong back at his old stomping ground, but where his teammates stepped up to the plate and demanded the ball at every opportunity, Goretzka appeared happy to be a passenger this weekend.


Looking Ahead

Schalke will now switch their attention to must-win games against Freiburg and Mainz over the next week, with the Royal Blues in danger of becoming the only team without a point this season after Bayern Leverkusen’s match on Sunday.

Bayern Munich will waste no time in their preparation for a local derby against Augsburg, with a trip to an overachieving Hertha BSC coming up in the Bundesliga’s last Friday game in September.

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Son Heung-min Insists He’s ‘Happy’ at Tottenham Amid Reported Interest From Bayern Munich

?Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min has insisted he is fully committed to the London side, as reports continue to link him with a move to Bayern Munich.

The 26-year-old signed a new five-year contract with Tottenham in July, yet recently multiple reports emerged suggesting Bayern were keen on bringing Son to the club.

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Following ?Tottenham’s 2-1 win over ?Brighton on Saturday, ?Son was asked about his future, but was quick to dismiss the links with the ?Bayern. 

He is quoted by ?Goal as saying: “I recently renewed my contract with Tottenham, and I believe I need to focus on here to do more for the team. I’m happy at Tottenham.” 

An immediate return to the ?Bundesliga seems unlikely for Son, who joined Tottenham from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015. Since then, he has amassed 143 appearances for his side, netting an impressive 47 goals and creating a further 26 for his teammates.

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Alongside Harry Kane, Son has been a driving force behind Tottenham’s consecutive top-three finishes in the ?Premier League. His fantastic versatility and creativity has allowed him to be an attacking threat from all areas of the pitch, and he has certainly rewarded Mauricio Pochettino’s faith in him.

Son only recently returned to his club after guiding South Korea to a gold medal at the Asia Games tournament earlier this month. As a result of emerging victorious, the entire team earned an exemption from the military service which is mandatory for natives of the country.

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His return could not have come at a better time for his side, who found themselves in a disappointing run of form which culminated in three consecutive losses for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino.

With suggestions that Kane is suffering from fatigue, Tottenham will need all their available players to step up and ensure that the club manage to fully pull themselves out of this challenging period.

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Niko Kovac Once Again Left to Rue Goal Tally Despite Comfortable Win Over Schalke

Bayern Munich manager Niko Kova? claimed that side didn’t score as many goals as they should have done for the second game in a row following his side’s routine 2-0 win over Schalke 04, a team who are still without a single point this season.

Strikes from James Rodríguez and Robert Lewandowski either side of half time ensured that the Bavarians left the Veltins Arena with the win, and although the Royal Blues never offered any real threat in attack, Bayern Munich once again failed to kill off their opponents.

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Following a Champions League win over Benfica in midweek, Kova? moaned that his side wasn’t clinical enough in Lisbon. On Saturday the Croatian was singing from the same hymn sheet again, although he was waxing lyrical about his team’s performance.

We saw a very, very good Bundesliga match today,” Kova? told the club’s official website. “My team were dominant over 90 minutes, they were in control and created many chances. Unfortunately, they scored too few goals.

“A great performance! I have to praise the whole team today, what we did up front but also in defence, without the ball. We regained possession quickly when we lost it up front.”

Bayern Munich will now turn their attention to their all Bavarian derby in midweek where FC Augsburg travel to the Allianz Arena, fresh off the back of their 3-2 defeat to SV Werder Bremen.

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The reigning champions then travel to Germany’s capital city to face Hertha BSC. Pál Dárdai’s side are one of five unbeaten teams in the Bundesliga this season, and the Old Lady currently sit just one place behind Bayern Munich.

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Schalke vs Bayern Munich Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News, Score Prediction & More

?The Bundesliga resumes this Saturday, as last season’s champions face their closest challengers from the 2017/18 season. Bayern, who recorded a comfortable 2-0 away win over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday night, will be looking to continue their 100% winning start to the season.

In contrast, Schalke will desperately be looking to pick up their first points of the season, with three consecutive defeats leaving them languishing in 17th. 


If tradition is anything to go by, it seems that Schalke already have their work cut out. The previous ten meetings between the two sides have seen Bayern on the winning side seven times, with the other three score draws. In fact, the last time Schalke beat the Bavarian juggernauts in the Bundesliga was in a 2-0 win way back in 2010. 


Classic Encounter


Flash back to January 26th 2002 – the first encounter between these two at the new Arena AufSchalke – when 60,683 fans bore witness to a Bayern thrashing

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The first 30 minutes of the match had seen little action, but the next five more than made up for it. Emile Mpenza fired past Oliver Kahn to open the scoring in the 34th minute, before Ebbe Sand doubled the lead almost immediately afterwards. As if that wasn’t enough action, the 41st minute saw Michael Tarnat shown a straight red card.

Ottmar Hitzfeld must have believed he had produced an inspiring half time team talk when Munich pulled one back through Mehmet Scholl less than five minutes after the restart, but Jorge Bohome’s strike just five minutes later – restoring Schalke’s two goal cushion – put paid to a budding career in motivational speaking.

Despite the introduction of Claudio Pizarro and a youthful Owen Hargreaves, Bayern were unable to regain a foothold in the game and eventually fell to a 5-1 defeat.


Key Battles

Robert Lewandowski vs Naldo

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The simple mentioning of Robert Lewandowski is enough to send chills down a defender’s spine. Scoring twice and assisting once in Bayern’s first three league games, the Polish hitman added another goal against Benfica on Tuesday night. 

However, experienced defender Naldo, who has just begun his thirteenth season in the Bundesliga at the ripe age of 35, has the potential to be every bit the match for Lewandowski. 

Schalke fans and youth team players alike will feel the impact when Naldo finally hangs up the boots but for now, the Brazilian international – who accumulated more minutes last season than ever before in the Bundesliga – is feeling younger and hungrier than ever.

Capable of striking ?free-kicks at ?78mph and with immense physical strength, if anyone in Schalke’s side can match Lewandowski, it will be Naldo.


Team News

Schalke: Domenico Tedesco’s side, who were also in action in the Champions League this week have accumulated no fresh injury concerns but are still without the defensive duo of Bastian Oczipka (groin) and Benjamin Stambouli (ankle).

Sebastian Rudy will be hoping to prove a point to his former employers, as he is likely to feature in the Schalke midfield after his summer move from Bayern.



Bayern Munich: The Bundesliga champions were dealt serious blows in last weekend’s win over Bayern Leverkusen, losing both Corentin Tolisso and Rafinha to long-term injuries, while Javi Martinez hobbled off on Wednesday night and Thiago is struggling with a knock.

Niko Kovac may look to Renato Sanches this weekend, alongside former Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka.



Predicted Lineups

FC Schalke 04 (3-5-2) Fahrmann; Sane, Naldo, Nastasic; Caligiuri, Rudy, Bentaleb, McKennie, Schopf; Uth, Embolo

Bayern Munich (4-3-3) Neuer; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Alaba; Sanches, Goretzka, Martinez; Ribery, James, Lewandowski


Prediction

Despite Bayern’s recent injury problems, they have the strength in depth to deal with this Schalke side comfortably. 
This, coupled with both sides’ contrasting starts to the season, means that this game is Bayern’s to lose. Schalke will have also been dealt a psychological blow after conceding the lead so late to Porto in midweek. 
Predicted Scoreline: FC Schalke 04 0-2 Bayern Munich

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Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face FC Schalke 04 on Saturday

Bayern Munich return from European duties with another victory under their belts. Heading into Saturday’s game with a perfect record under new head coach Niko Kovac, Bayern have won all three of their opening matches in this season’s Bundesliga.

As they travel to Gelsenkirchen aiming for a fourth consecutive league win – against a side they haven’t lost to in Germany’s top division for over eight years – this is how Bayern could line up…

3. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) –  After an injury plagued season, the former Schalke academy product will be looking to claim his second clean sheet of the season on Saturday.

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – One of just three outfield players to play every minute of Bayern’s Bundesliga and Champions League games so far this season, Kimmich’s impressive engine means there’s little chance of him being rested. 

Mats Hummels (CB) – Despite only playing once in the Bundesliga this season, Hummels played the full 90 in midweek and should start on Saturday.

Jerome Boateng (CB) – Linked with a summer move to Manchester United and PSG, Boateng appears to revitalised his Bayern career under Niko Kovac – an ever-present alongside Kimmich this season.

David Alaba (LB) – Look, it’s David Alaba. When David Alaba is fit, he starts. 

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (CDM) – Yet another versatile option for Niko Kovac. Martinez will be utilised as an attacking threat, but his ability to sit in and protect the back four may be called upon on Saturday.

Renato Sanches (CM) – After his outstanding performance in midweek, Sanches will be looking to continue momentum into Saturday’s match. Don’t be surprised to see his name in the headlines.

Leon Goretzka (CM) – Up against his former employers, Goretzka will be hoping to add to his one goal and one assist in two Bundesliga appearances this season. 

James Rodriguez (RM) – The Colombia international made his first club start since the World Cup on Tuesday night and, despite being taken off before full time, showed more than enough to convince Kovac that he’s ready to play on Saturday. 

Franck Ribery (LM) – The 35-year-old may not be in a position to play a full 90 minutes more than once in a week, but expect to see him for at least an hour. 

1. Forward

Robert Lewandowski (CF) – Seven goals and an assist in Bayern’s first six games of the season, including the Super Cup and an early DFB-Pokal match. Yeah, Robert Lewandowski is an absolute baller – and he’ll be looking to get on the scoresheet after failing to score for the first time this campaign last weekend. 

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