Magath reveals trepidation

Posted Saturday, August 01, 2009 by PA

Schalke manager Felix Magath admitted his side are not yet ready for the start of the Bundesliga season after they defeated second division side Saarbrucken 2-0 in a friendly on Wednesday night.

Goals from Ivan Rakitic and new signing Lewis Holtby ensured the Royal Blues won their final warm-up game before travelling to fifth division side Germania Windeck in the DFB-Pokal on Saturday.

"I expect my team to be more dominant against teams from a lower league. But the game showed that we are not yet far enough to be ready for the Bundesliga start," Magath told the club's official website.

Their opening-day opponents from Bavaria looked to be in better form as they defeated Qatar side Al Arabi 5-3 on Wednesday.

Angelos Charisteas, Daniel Gygax, Albert Bunjaku (2) and Gungor Kaya were all on target for Nurnberg against the side coached by German coach Uli Stielike.




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