Klinsmann hopes Schalke can do a favour
BERLIN, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Bayern Munich coach Juergen Klinsmann needs a favour from arch-rivals Schalke 04, as well as a whole new attitude from his own players, if he is to make any progress with his stated revival plan this weekend.
Little has gone right for Klinsmann since he took over as Bayern coach, and a 3-3 draw at home to Bochum before the international break left the champions in 11th place in the table, with just nine points from seven matches.
They resume their campaign with a trip to face Karlsruhe on Saturday (kickoff 1330 GMT).
With leaders Hamburg SV not in action until Sunday, when they face a tricky game at home to Schalke, that gives them a chance to get a little closer to the top, at least for 24 hours.
"I can live with the criticism," Klinsmann said in an interview with German TV station DSF on Wednesday.
"There's nothing I'm more eager to do than to get us back up where we belong, by the winter break at the latest."
Klinsmann has just two days to prepare for the Karlsruhe game, as most of his team do not arrive back until Thursday, but that should be time enough to put across a simple message.
"We'll see if we can start enjoying our football again," was the coach's take on training during the international break, when he was left without 11 of his first team squad.
Klinsmann is likely to recall captain Mark van Bommel to central midfield after the Dutchman proved his form by getting the winner in his country's World Cup qualifying victory over Norway on Wednesday.
There was less good news for Klinsmann in Germany's 1-0 win over Wales, with striker Miroslav Klose forced to miss the second half because of injury.
Hamburg would do well to be wary of a striker with plenty to prove when they host Schalke on Sunday.
Kevin Kuranyi brought a premature end to his international career when he walked out on Germany during their 2-1 win over Russia last week.
The striker was frustrated at being left out of the starting line-up once again but he will be raring to go against Hamburg, who have a three-point lead at the top of the table with 16 points from their seven matches.
Second-placed 1899 Hoffenheim are away to Hanover 96, while third-placed VfB Stuttgart are at Hertha Berlin.