FC Bayern Munich: Atleast Van Gaal Allows Freedom Of Clothing..........
Before explaining the strange article headline, let's flash back to last week.
Bayern 4-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Frankfurt was absolutely taken apart. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, the midfield enforcer, got the match going when he scored a beautiful goal after collecting Thomas Mueller's pass. Daniel Van Buyten was beaten shortly afterwards, twice, ahem, in the space of four seconds or so by Theofanis Gekas. Gekas struck the post and then pushed in his own rebound for the equalizer.
Van Buyten asked Louis Van Gaal to substitute him at half-time. To be fair to Van Buyten, he has a lot on his plate at the moment. His father is unwell and he has to take care of him. He became a father himself recently and that adds extra stress.
After the break, Oka Nikolov failed to gather the ball from Toni Kroos' powerful strike. Mueller pushed in the rebound. Mario Gomez scored Bayern's third when Nikolov failed to gather the ball from Franck Ribery's shot. Tymoshchuk, the man of the match, by and far, added a fourth to put the icing on the cake. The result sees Bayern go up to fifth.
Magath truly embodies the saying "revenge is a dish best served cold". In Tuesday, he enjoyed watching his players freeze in the German winter. The players trained without gloves, scarves and any sort of protection from the cold. Their Bayern counterparts were training in warm gear.
Will Bayern beat Schalke?
Jermaine Jones, Hans Sarpei and Alexander Baumjohann have all been banished to the reserve side. Jones' punishment came as a result of his poor performance against Kaiserslautern. Sarpei and Baumjohann were punished for lack of commitment in training. Just for the record, Schalke was beaten 5-0 by Kaiserslautern. The fact that Raul and Klaas Jan Huntelaar weren't punished is a bit of a surprise.
Jones is suspended for this week's game against Bayern anyways. The American hopes he will not be in Albert Strait's position. Streit hasn't played in the Schalke senior side since being banished to the reserves in January 2009 by, then head-coach, Fred Dutten.
For Bayern, the news on the injury front has improved slightly. Miro Klose is back and ready to rejoin the squad. Holger Badstuber might not be seen until after the winter break. Arjen Robben, also, will not appear until January. For Schalke, Jermaine Jones is a doubt due to a bout of the flu.
Magath always likes to take revenge on Bayern due to his rather unceremonious sacking in 2007. At the moment, he is trying to hang on to his job at Schalke. The Schalke board voted to see whether Magath will remain on board. 19 votes were in favour of the dictator and 12 against. Magath lives to see another day, which is slightly dangerous for Bayern. Magath and the fans will want a reaction following the 5-0 drubbing.
Prediction: Bayern knows how to score goals. Their away form is however very poor. It won't be very surprising, though, if Bayern comes out on top.
Final Score: Schalke 1-2 Bayern
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