Berlin: Domenico Tedesco’s second season in charge of Schalke has got off to a terrible start and with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich visiting on Saturday, the exit door could soon be opening for the 33-year-old coach.

Tedesco was a surprise choice when he was appointed last season, arriving with limited coaching experience, leaving Schalke fans unsure of what to expect.

He made an instant impact, however, steering them to second place and a return to the Champions League after a three-year absence. That already feels like a lifetime ago after Schalke lost their first three Bundesliga games to sit bottom of the standings on zero points alongside Bayer Leverkusen.

The Royal Blues’ Champions League return proved a marginal improvement with a 1-1 draw at home to Porto on Tuesday but Tedesco knows they need to significantly raise their game if they are to replicate last season’s exemplary run.

“The game against Porto was a crucial step in the right direction,” Tedesco said. “It was a positive signal. It was important to see that kind of mentality and attitude from my players.”