BERLIN – German champions Bayern Munich are hoping their fans' enthusiasm with the arrival of Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho this week will spill over onto the pitch when they travel to Schalke 04 on Saturday.
Defeat in the German Super Cup to Borussia Dortmund and a 2-2 home draw with Hertha Berlin in their Bundesliga opener last week made for a disappointing start to the season for the Bavarians.
Another slip-up at Schalke would set the alarm bells ringing at Bayern, who have won the last seven league titles.
With title rivals Dortmund wrapping up most of their signings by May, Bayern fans were less than impresswed with the club's lack of activity in the transfer market but that changed last week.
After missing out on several over the last couple of months, Bayern completed loan deals for Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic and Barcelona's Coutinho, and signed France youth international Mickael Cuisance.