Uwe Rosler believes that French star Franck Ribery will be Bayern Munich's main threat during the club's keenly-anticipated Bundesliga clash against Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Brentford boss Rosler, who will be covering the match as a BT Sport European football analyst, acknowledges that Bayern's superior attacking threat will give the visitors the advantage at Veltins Arena, but believes that the Bavarian outfit are still very much a work in progress under Spaniard Pep Guardiola.
In an exclusive interview, Rosler told GiveMeSport: "Bayern Munich are still in the working process. Obviously he (Guardiola) has world class players at his disposal more or less in each position but the understanding and relations between positions and players still needs a little bit of time to settle.
“They are still producing results at the moment. After winning three trophies and having a decent start to the season the last thing Bayern Munich wants and needs is complacency and the structure they have in place in terms of making and keeping the players hungry is fantastic.”
When asked just who among the abundance of Bayern's attacking stars that Schalke should be most concerned about facing this weekend, Rosler replied: "I think Ribery. Ribery is playing out of his skin at the moment. He is European Footballer of the Year and he also showed in the game against Chelsea how good he is.
"He had a decent start to the season again and I think both wide areas of Ribery and Robben are such good players. In good positions they have such good players and overall I think also the fact that they have a very strong midfield in terms of creativity and in terms of movement. The offensive part is fantastic, the question will be can Bayern Munich be as solid defensively as they were last season.”
Ribery, who was outstanding as the German outfit secured a superb treble last season, beat off competition from La Liga duo Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to win that aforementioned award and Rosler claims it was a huge positive for both the player and the league as a whole.
"I think it is a fantastic achievement for Ribery personally but also a fantastic achievement for Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga," he said.
"It was a long time ago that the Bundesliga last had the best player in Europe in their country so it’s a fantastic achievement for the player, for the club and for the Bundesliga because the Bundesliga is going places. It is one of the most attractive leagues in Europe at the moment, especially the way they play football. They play their football, it looks like to me, in a different tempo. In terms of transition and in terms of tempo, the will is to attack in numbers. I think at the moment it is the strongest league.”
With regards to Schalke, who currently lie ninth in the Bundesliga after a rather inconsistent start to the 2013/14 campaign that has seen them collect seven points from their opening five games, Rosler believes that they will be significantly boosted by the signing of talented midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng from Serie A giants AC Milan.
“Schalke have been a little bit lacking in leadership in the dressing room and that was probably one of the reasons why they bought Boateng," he said. "Boateng gives them more creativity, more class, more quality but is also very crucial in the dressing room.“
Rosler also believes Jens Keller's men have sorely lacked the goalscoring touch of Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who has been sidelined with a knee injury.
He said: "I think Huntelaar is a box player and one of the best finishers I have known and I have seen. It is difficult for any coach in any club to replace a proven goalscorer who has more or less done it all of his life and every club he went to. So of course they will miss him.
"They still have a number of players in (Jefferson) Farfan, (Julian) Draxler and (Adam) Szalai who can get goals but I think overall, compare them with the offensive power of Bayern Munich and Bayern Munich have the advantage.”
Watch BT Sport’s exclusively live coverage of Schalke v Bayern Munich on BT Sport 1 from 5.30pm on Saturday 21 September. Each matchweek at 6.45pm on BT Sport 1, Sunday Night Football covers the game across the continent.
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