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Klinsmann at work without internationals

On Tuesday, Jürgen Klinsmann’s 100th day at the Bayern helm, the sun beat down from a cloudless sky on the coach and his players as they took to the new first team training ground behind the ServiceCenter at the Säbener Strasse. One or two of the 600 or so onlookers even had beads of sweat on their foreheads. The mood out on the pitch and behind the security fence was light and buoyant.

Three days after the 3-3 draw at home to VfL Bochum, the Bayern coach supervised the first team training session of the new week. “On the one hand, we’ll be working on putting the disappointing Bochum match behind us, and on the other, we’ll see if we can start enjoying our football again,” Klinsmann explained. Tuesday’s 90-minute workout centred on “game situations with no limit on the number of touches and no tactical instructions.“

Due to the current round of internationals through to the middle of next week, Klinsmann is restricted to training with six outfield players and the three first-team goalkeepers. Long-term injury victims Hamit Altintop and Willy Sagnol are working their way back to fitness in the performance centre, while Christian Lell has resumed jogging after pulling a hamstring in the defeat to Hannover a week and a half ago.