One thing is certain for Leon Goretzka as he comes to play his first game in Munich since announcing his decision to join the team in the summer: nobody will be booing him as he takes the field—except perhaps from the visiting Schalke fan block.
As for Bayern Munich, Jupp Heynckes will probably line up none other than Arturo Vidal opposite the talented young midfielder, the very man many believe Goretzka will push out of the team this summer. Another midfielder Goretzka may vie with for playing time will be watching from the stands: Thiago Alcantara, who is not quite ready to make his comeback.
For Bayern, the match is a legitimate test against a solid German team. Schalke are sitting in fifth place on the Bundesliga table, tied with Dortmund for points and just 4 points behind now second-place Leipzig (and a whopping 19 behind Bayern). They have everything to gain, not merely the pride of snapping a seven-year winless streak.
Bayern have talked much about avoiding complacency. This is a match where they’ll have to prove they mean it.
Location: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany
Time: 6:30 pm local time, 12:30 pm EST
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The club can confirm that Jupp Heynckes will not be on the sidelines during the match due to illness. Peter Hermann, Bayern’s assistant manager, will be in charge of the first team during the match. We will keep you updated on Heynckes once we know more. Enjoy the match!
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