Munich - There's just no let-up for newly-promoted SpVgg Greuther Fürth, who play host to Champions League participants Schalke 04 on Matchday 3. Mike Büskens' troops made history at Mainz before the international break, picking up their first-ever Bundesliga win - having taken their bow against FC Bayern Munich on the opening day of the campaign.
Three points from a possible six marks a promising haul for the Fraconian Bundesliga debutants and the visit of Schalke to the Trolli Arena for the late game on Saturday (kick-off 18:30 CEST) is one that has both players and coach champing at the bit.
Amidst the euphoria following the milestone 1-0 success at Mainz, midfielder was already looking ahead to the Clover Leaves' next big task, highlighting Fürth's growing "confidence" now that they have 180 minutes of top-flight experience under their belts. He also acknowledged his team got the rub of the green on the day - which is not to say they weren't good value for the three points.
The 3-0 defeat to Bayern on Matchday 1 looks, on the face of it, like a cut-and-dried affair, but actually - for 43 minutes at least - the home side stood firm in the face of the Bundesliga's most rampant attacking unit. The fact that they buckled somewhat thereafter is no disgrace. Last season's Bundesliga 2 champions created the odd chance when pressed, and against less auspicious opposition in Mainz a week later were able to balance well-drilled defensive tactics with some dangerous counter-attacking.
Old love affair
So where do they go from here? The Royal Blues are a team Büskens knows very well, having spent 2008/09 at the Veltins Arena as interim coach after enjoying UEFA and DFB Cup success in 2001 and 2002 with Schalke as a player.
The Gelsenkirchen club are chasing similar heights this term, with Huub Stevens seemingly getting the most out of a very young squad who perhaps showed their inexperience in letting slip a lead against Hannover 96, but were in far less forgiving form in the comfortable 3-1 win against FC Augsburg.
Facing a starting eleven boasting 2011/12 top scorer , Fürth's Bundesliga credentials are sure to be given another thorough examination. Add the likes of Jefferson Farfan, Lewis Holtby and Ibrahim Afellay to the equation and the scenario looks less Mainz than Bayern for the newcomers.
Still, the Clover Leaves have their own concoction simmering away in preparation for Saturday's royal visit: discipline, luck and Schalke loanee Edu to boost their forward ranks.