Not so long ago, German newspaper Bild were running a very negative campaign against Nabil Bentaleb, and several other Schalke players.
The Tottenham loan player was described as one of the ‘Schalke Slackers’, he was called arrogant, and it was alleged he probably didn’t care too much, seeing the club as a stepping stone.
Bild have now moved on to what they’re calling a Bayern Munich crisis. Carlo Ancelotti’s men are top of the table, but have drawn their last two Bundesliga matches, after losing to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, for Schalke things are looking much better. A 4-0 home win over Borussia Monchengladbach before the international break, was followed up with a 1-1 draw away to Augsburg. After losing their first five Bundesliga matches of the season, it’s a huge relief.
And who scored Schalke’s goal against Augsburg? Tottenham’s Nabil Bentaleb of course.
Der Westen say it was a ‘superb’ strike and point out the Tottenham loan player has gone down in history, because the goal was first one awarded in the Bundesliga due to goal-line technology.
Bentaleb is quoted by Der Westen not sounding too thrilled about the making history bit: “I do not think about this. I am happy about the goal and hope of more to come.”
Bild, funnily enough, aren’t saying too much.