Schweinsteiger: Bayern were in control

The Germany international was pleased with his side’s performance against Schalke but thinks they deserved more than a draw

Bastian Schweinsteiger feels Bayern Munich were in control in Tuesday’s 1-1 Bundesliga draw with Schalke at the Allianz Arena and believes they significantly improved on their performance against Wolfsburg.

The reigning Bundesliga champions were beaten 4-1 by Wolfsburg last Friday and Schweinsteiger was pleased with their response against Schalke, even if they had to settle for one point in the end.

Bayern were reduced to 10 men early on following Jerome Boateng’s dismissal, yet Arjen Robben gifted them the lead in the second half, only for Benedikt Howedes to restore parity shortly after.

“We were better than in the game against Wolfsburg, we had more control and we never let them get at us on the break,” the midfielder told the official Bayern website.

“But we’re not happy with a 1-1 draw. We were down to ten men but we still had chances to win it.”

Bayern resume Bundesliga action away against Stuttgart on Saturday and Schweinsteiger is hopeful they can return to winning ways at last.

“We’ll go to Stuttgart now looking for a victory.”

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Guardiola 'very, very satisfied' despite Bayern draw

The Spaniard felt his side showed admirable resilience after playing with 10 men for 73 minutes against Schake on Tuesday night


Pep Guardiola defended his Bayern Munich side following their 1-1 draw with Schalke, after praising their strength of character in the face of adversity.

With just 17 minutes gone the Bundesliga leaders were reduced to 10 men as Jerome Boateng was handed a straight red card for bringing down Sidney Sam inside the penalty area.

The visitors were also awarded a penalty for the foul but were unable to capitalise as Manuel Neuer kept out Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s spot-kick.

Arjen Robben then headed Bayern into the lead but Schalke’s numerical advantage eventually told when Benedikt Howedes nodded home an equaliser on 72 minutes to make it 1-1.

The draw means the Bavarians are still without a win in 2015 having been stunned 4-1 by second-placed Wolfsburg last Friday, but Guardiola put on a positive front after the game.

“I’m not satisfied, I am very, very, very satisfied,” said Bayern coach Guardiola, despite seeing his side drop points for a second successive game.

“Of course we wanted three points, but 70 minutes outnumbered against Schalke is not easy. We had the game very well controlled and had enough chances.

“Our performance was much better than in Wolfsburg. Everything is okay. The red card – no discussion! We were lucky that they have missed the penalty.”

Bayern’s lead at the top of the table remains eight points, with Wolfsburg failing to take advantage of their rivals’ slip as they drew 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Ultra defensive Schalke didn't deserve draw – Robben

The Netherlands international was not impressed with the Gelsenkirchen side’s tactics and feels FCB deserved the full three points


Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has hit out at Schalke for their negative approach in the 1-1 Bundesliga draw at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Bavarians were reduced to 10 men early on following Jerome Boateng’s red card, yet continued to dominate proceedings and eventually went 1-0 up following Robben’s goal.

Nevertheless, Benedikt Howedes salvaged a draw for the guests with a superb header after a corner, much to the frustration of the Dutchman.

“This result is very annoying. Schalke did not do anything all game. They did not deserve a good result. We put in a pretty good performance against an ultra-defensive team, even if we were a man down,” Robben told Sky.

“We take the lead and then we allow Howedes, who is their strongest player in the air, too much freedom at a corner. You have to give your all in a situation like that and be willing to put your life on the line.

“We have to be very critical of ourselves. We want to keep improving and make progress. Conceding a goal like that could be fatal in the Champions League.”

Bayern will be looking to record their first win of 2015 when they travel to Stuttgart on Saturday.

Ultra defensive Schalke didn't deserve win – Robben

The Netherlands international was not impressed with the Gelsenkirchen side’s tactics and feels FCB deserved the full three points


Bayern Munich attacker Arjen Robben has hit out at Schalke for their negative approach in the 1-1 Bundesliga draw at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday evening.

The Bavarians were reduced to 10 men early on following Jerome Boateng’s red card, yet continued to dominate proceedings and eventually went 1-0 up following Robben’s goal.

Nevertheless, Benedikt Howedes salvaged a draw for the guests with a superb header after a corner, much to the frustration of the Dutchman.

“This result is very annoying. Schalke did not do anything all game. They did not deserve a good result. We put in a pretty good performance against an ultra-defensive team, even if we were a man down,” Robben told Sky.

“We take the lead and then we allow Howedes, who is their strongest player in the air, too much freedom at a corner. You have to give your all in a situation like that and be willing to put your life on the line.

“We have to be very critical of ourselves. We want to keep improving and make progress. Conceding a goal like that could be fatal in the Champions League.”

Bayern will be looking to record their first win of 2015 when they travel to Stuttgart on Saturday.

Bayern Munich 1-1 Schalke: Howedes halts ten-man Bavarians

The defender scored with 18 minutes remaining as the reigning Bundesliga champions’ poor start to 2015 continued on Tuesday evening


Bayern Munich dropped points for a second successive Bundesliga game after Benedikt Howedes’ late goal saw Schalke come away from the Allianz Arena with a 1-1 draw.

The German champions played with 10 men for 73 minutes following Jerome Boateng’s sending off in the first half and the visitors’ numerical advantage ultimately told.

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