Weinzierl: We can beat Bayern

FC Schalke 04 coach Markus Weinzierl is adamant that his side can get the better of Bundesliga champions FC Bayern München in their league tie on Friday night.

Schalke have made a number of acquisitions during the most recent transfer window, bringing in the likes of Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, Paris Saint-Germain's Benjamin Stambouli and Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.

"We are now in a situation in which we still have to find the right team and the best mix," he told the Bild.

"We are only now developing the team that acts with the necessary passion, force and aggressiveness.

"We have to face up to that difficulty – the process might take up to two months.

"It's important to accept that he can take some time until we find ourselves."

Weinzierl, who was previously in charge of Augsburg, is under no illusions regarding the match against the Bavarian giants – labelling it as 'the biggest test possible.'

Having defeated Bayern twice whilst at Augsburg in the 2013/14 and 2014/15 campaigns respectively, Weinzierl has the tactical awareness of how to defeat the Bavarians.

"Bayern at the moment are the biggest test possible and showed virtually no weaknesses in the Super Cup against BVB and the 6-0 win over Werder Bremen," he added.

"Still, our aim is to get on the scoresheet. We have a plan in place and are ready to put up a real fight.

"We must be powerful, aggressive, tough, compact and eager to fight for a good result.

"It's our goal to offer them a fight, to win points against them, even beat them," he concluded.