Bayern inspired by Oktoberfest

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Since Saturday, Oktoberfest has been back at the Theresienwiese in Munich and Bayern München don’t like leaving their home during the festival. Journeys to Gelsenkirchen during this period are evidently worth it, though. Almost exactly a year ago, on 19 September 2017, the record German champions beat Schalke 3-0 and this year they came back from the Veltins-Arena with a 2-0 victory.

David Alaba and Co would’ve deserved a stein of beer after that. “There won’t be any left today,” grinned the Austrian after the game against the Royal Blues, knowing full well that the tents would’ve been closed when the squad arrived at Munich airport after midnight and that Bayern have a rigorous schedule over the coming days. On Tuesday they host Augsburg, three days before their next away game at Hertha BSC on Friday.

"We have our team Oktoberfest on the last Sunday of Oktoberfest. Until then, they might be allowed a shandy,” said Hasan Salihamidzic, smiling. The first busy period of the season will be over by then and Bayern will hopefully be able to look back on a good set of results with a cool beer in their hands. The statistics are promising, at least in the Bundesliga. FCB have not lost in the league during Oktoberfest since 2010 (22 wins, six draws), and yesterday’s performance at Schalke suggests that the festival could bring Bayern luck once again this year.

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