It has been a season of resurgence for Schalke in the Bundesliga and they will be looking to prove they are truly back when they take on Borussia Dortmund in this Saturday’s Revierderby.
Despite their status as one of German football’s biggest clubs, Schalke had a 2018/19 campaign to forget as they spent most of the languishing in and around the relegation zone before ultimately preserving their top-flight status with a 14th-place finish.
But, with the appointment of David Wagner at the helm, Die Konigsblauen have enjoyed an upturn in fortunes and currently lie 6th on the table.
Schalke’s Top 5 Revierderby Goals
A return to Europe – via the Europa League at least – is firmly within their reach but with Wolfsburg, Freiburg and Hoffenheim breathing down their necks, Schalke can hardly afford any slip-ups.
Considering they have been badly hit by injuries, currently missing the likes of Salif Sane, Omar Mascarell, Suat Serdar, Ozan Kabak and Benjamin Stambouli, Schalke have performed admirably in recent weeks but a tough test awaits them on Saturday in the form of title-chasing Dortmund.
In the absence of these big guns, who are the others that need to step up if Die Konigsblauen are to emerge triumphant in the Revierderby?
FOX Sports Asia singles out three who could make a difference.
THE REVELATION AT RIGHT-BACK
In recent years, the Bundesliga has proven to be something of a platform for young English talent to showcase their wares and Jonjoe Kenny is the latest to shine while on a season-long loan from Schalke.
The right-back has started 23 of Schalke’s 25 league games so far in 2019/20 as he has made the spot almost completely his own.
Defensively, the 22-year-old is as steady as they come but also offers plenty going forward, ranking second highest at the club, and joint-21st overall in the entire competition, for crosses from open play with 46.
With Dortmund boasting a plethora of attacking threats, Kenny will need to be at his best if Schalke are to keep their rivals at bay on Saturday.
THE VERSATILE MR. FIX-IT
Weston McKennie may only be into his third full season at the Veltins-Arena but is already regarded as one of the team’s most influential players.
Still only 21, McKennie’s versatility regularly sees him deployed in a variety of roles although that hardly affects his high levels of consistency.
It is in midfield where he arguably still does his best work with his dynamic style of play, often tracking back to help out his defenders but also pushing forward with real endeavour to support the attack.
As the fastest scorer of a hat-trick for United States, having netted thrice in a 13-minute spell, McKennie could perhaps add more goals to his game at Schalke but – having opened his account for the campaign against Hoffenheim last weekend – might just be in the mood again.
THE EXCITEMENT MACHINE
When in full flight, there is no denying that Amine Harit is one of the Bundesliga’s excitement machines.
Having struggled for form last season – not helped by some off-field issues – the 2017/18 Bundesliga Rookie of the Year has gone some way in getting back to his best this term.
He started the campaign in blistering form by netting four goals in the opening six matches, while proving to be the main outlet for Die Konigsblauen in the attacking third with his perfect blend of speed, skill and intelligence.
Although the Morocco international’s output has tailed off as the campaign has worn on, he remains the one Schalke player capable of winning a match off his own boot.
MERCATO: APEJES place deux joueurs en AUTRICHE
Il s’agit de KEKOH NDIFOR ET MISSI TOMP PHOENIX qui viennent de s’engager pour le club ADMIRA WACKER.
Léon Aimé ZANG, l un des meilleurs formateurs de l heure au Cameroun à encore de frapper.
Il vient de placer deux joueurs en première division Autrichienne dans le club Admira .
Les deux ont paraphé chacun un contrat de 3ans avec ce club mythique Autrichien.
Après avoir transféré Oum Gouet en Autriche dans le club Altach il ya deux ans, voici à nous 2 joueurs de Apejes de Mfou qui arrivent en Autriche.
Une constance qui prouve que son staff technique fait progresser permanent les joueurs.
Chapeau à AIMÉ LEON ZANG qui oeuvre pour la progression des footballeurs CAMEROUNAIS.
Bundesliga: Leroy Sane Returns Home And Signs A 5 Years Deal With Bayern Munich
By Elvis Kang Sports Writer, Cameroon
The German international Leroy Sane returns home and signed 5 years deal with the Bundesliga giant Bayern Munich this Friday 3 July 2020 after a contract talks between him and the management of Manchester city failed to push through
According to Sky Sports and the BBC, the Bundesliga champions did not give the transfer fee, Bayern and City agreed on a fee of £54.8 million. But German daily Bild claim the fee is around 50 million euros.
The 24-year-old spent four years at City, winning two Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups, and two Community Shields, but European success eluded him.
His transfer became an open secret as Guardiola revealed earlier this week that Sane was likely to leave after rejecting a new contract offer with a year left on his existing deal at City.
Sane scored 39 goals in 135 appearances in all competitions for City after joining from Bundesliga club Schalke in 2016.
His arrival on Wednesday in Bavaria was much hyped with reporters at Munich airport using smartphones to film the landing of a private jet from England before Sane was whisked away for his medical.
Leroy Sane now targeted Champions League glory with Bayern Munich after joining the Bundesliga giants from Manchester City
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) July 3, 2020
It should be noted that He is not eligible to feature in this Saturday’s German Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin but will start preparing for the 2020/21 season next week, the club has said.
Sane has 21 caps and five goals for Germany but was a shock omission from the squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the holders bowed out in the group stage.
Sane is Bayern’s third new signing for next season alongside French teenage defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi from Paris Saint-Germain and goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel from Schalke, both of which were free transfers.
Bundesliga: substitutes no longer required to wear a mask
Jonathan Tah (Leverkusen) can drop the mask off the edge of the field. (Ulrich Hufna / Eibner-Pressefoto / EXPA / Presse Sports)
The German League and Federation have announced a relaxation of certain rules adopted against the coronavirus.
Substitutes, staff members as well as members of the club delegations in the stands are no longer required to wear the mask, “on condition of respecting a distance of 1.5 meters between people” .
The new rules come into force this weekend and concern the Bundesliga, the Second and the Third Division as well as the Women’s Championship and the German Cup finals.
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