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Schalke showdown

Heynckes: Toughest test so far this term

The 179th Oktoberfest begins in Munich at midday on Saturday, when Mayor Christian Ude re-enacts the ancient tradition and taps the first barrel, kicking off the world’s biggest outdoor festival. The Bayern stars will miss all of that, as Jupp Heynckes and his men are totally focused on Schalke 04 this Saturday (Live in English from 3.30 pm CET on Web Radio). The fourth Bundesliga fixture of the season will, if Munich have their way, produce a fourth straight victory.

However, it will be far from easy. “It'll be the toughest task we've undertaken so far," said Heynckes. The Royal Blues have made a good start to the season of their own, with a 2-1 Champions League victory away to Olympiakos Piraeus in midweek, and seven from a possible nine points in the league. “It's a clash between equals. Taking all three points will be very difficult," acknowledged former Schalke number one Manuel Neuer.