Bayern in crisis as another trophyless year looms


BERLIN (AP) -- Bayern Munich is in crisis mode but it could get worse before getting better as Schalke visits in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

Pressure is mounting on three fronts for the Bavarians as they go through what goalkeeper Manuel Neuer says is a "difficult period."

Wednesday's 1-0 defeat to FC Basel leaves the club's Champions League campaign on the brink, and hopes of a league title have suffered after just two wins from five games in 2012.

Bayern slipped to third last weekend, four points behind leader Borussia Dortmund, after an uninspired 0-0 draw at bottom side Freiburg.

Schalke is the league's top scorer and is keen to turn the screw, knowing that a win will take it above Bayern into the Champions League places.

Dortmund hosts Hannover, also Sunday.