Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com's weekday feature, casts an eye over some of the offbeat and occasionally controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight.

Today we check in with jetsetters FC Bayern München, touch base with Borussia Dortmund's Jonas Hofmann and find out what Raul makes of FC Schalke 04's chances against Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League…

And finally, FC Schalke 04 legend and former Real Madrid great Raul Gonzalez Blanco has been talking up next month’s Champions League last-16 showdown between his two former clubs. “Real are the better side, but you have to watch out for German teams,” he warned. “They fight until the end. It’s going to be a special game. It’s great for Schalke and I for one cannot wait.” Neither can we, Senor Gonzalez, neither can we…