Schalke thrashed in Kaiserslautern. Felix Magath is not amused.

How can one explain the current performance of schalke in the Bundesliga ? They are top in the champions league but flop in the Bundesliga. Their last match against Kaiserslautern in Betzenberg was a 0-5 humilation by Kaiserslautern.

The champions league may be the zenith of football but the Bundesliga is the height of egalitarianism. There are no longer big or small teams. Schalke has learnt a bitter lesson.

The last time Schalke lost by 0-5 margin was 19 years ago against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Felix Magath, the manager of Schalke is disappointed at the performance of the team. He said,”it is not explainable how a team that played in the champions league with only a change of position,three days later perform so poorly.” He promised there would be consequences. Already he has shortened the christmas holiday of the players.

Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper who picked the ball five times from the net has already sound alarm bells. He said,”if we play every game like this, we would be relegated.”

Magath is under pressure to take drastic actions to avoid a repeat performance next time. A look at their next opponents in the league are no push over. Schalke will play against Bayern Munich, Mainz and Cologne.

Schalke fans are losing their patience. Some fans on saturday were already calling for “Magath raus”(Magath must go)

Marco Kurz, the manager of Kaiserslautern complemented his players for a wonderful performance, “we played with so much passion and heart.”

History will judge Magath, if his Wolfsburg model will ultimately work in Schalke. Sadly,time is not on his side.

It is crunch time in Bundesliga.

Who will be the Bundesliga champions this season ? It is a question followers of German football league have been asking. The top contenders for the title are Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. Both teams are tied with 64 points. Bayern is presently in pole position because of superior goals difference.

Schalke manager, Felix Magath is confident,“Bayern will not win the remaining two matches.” Uli Hoeness,FC Bayern Munich president countered, “ they are trailing behind us and only hope that we stumble.”

As usual the Bundesliga is exciting because anything can happen. It is crunch time.

The remaining two matches for Bayern are against VFL Bochum and Hertha BSC. Bochum and Hertha are battling against relegation. They are not willing to go down without a fight. Time will tell if both matches would be easy as Arjen Robben, opined that Bayern needs to win both matches and they are champions.

Schalke will face Werder Bremen and 1.FSV Mainz 05. Bremen will try to defend their present third place when they play in Gelsenkirchen. Mainz 05, definitely aim to round up a good season under manager,Thomas Tuchel, at home against Schalke.

Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and VFB Stuttgart have their eyes set for Europe league.

On another note, Hamburg, sacked Bruno Labbadia yesterday. Hamburg lost woefully against Hoffenheim 1-5 last weekend. It was clear after the match that Labbadia had to go. Dieter Matz, a Hamburg expert, believes the players do not have an alibi anymore. Labbadia is gone but the problems remain the same.

Hamburg is a team without consistency in leadership both on and off the field. May be they should take a cue from next door neighbor St.Pauli. Holger Stanislawski, the manager of St. Pauli is a symbol of stability. St.Pauli look poised to play in the Bundesliga next season.

It is a given that Kaiserslautern are back in the Bundesliga. The other teams have to wait for at least one more match to know their fate.