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All smiles

Champions start long haul back to the top

It was one of the extraordinarily rare sleepy Sundays at the Säbener Strasse. With the exception of a couple of youth matches around midday, the only movement at the Bayern HQ and training facility came from the gently falling autumn leaves. Following Saturday's 4-2 win over Wolfsburg, Jürgen Klinsmann awarded his men a day off, as the coach felt a third win in eight days was deserving of a reward.

A place in the last sixteen of the Champions League beckons, and the champions have leapt from eleventh in the Bundesliga up to fifth. "We can be very, very satisfied with the week we've just had. The table looks rather different again now," commented Uli Hoeneß. "It's all smiles today.“