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Pros and reserves

Van Gaal ponders team for Friday friendly

Louis van Gaal is engaged in a team building exercise this week. A mixed group of pros and reserves has to be formed into a halfway functioning unit by Friday, when Bayern play a friendly match at the Säbener Strasse against a U-21 probables XI selected by the Netherlands FA (kick-off 2 pm, highlights on

The coach only has six outfield players and the three goalkeepers from the senior squad available for selection, as the rest of the first team is either away on international duty or injured. Van Gaal intends to make up the numbers with players drawn from FC Bayern II, the third-division reserve team. The second-string players began training with the rump senior squad on Wednesday, and the group held a joint lunch on Thursday, helping to create a team feeling for Friday's match.

Germany players back in Munich

The main aim of the friendly is "to give match practice to the players who haven't featured much recently," Van Gaal told For that reason, the head coach will not turn to his Germany international contingent, even though the players in question have been training in Munich since Thursday following the cancellation of Saturday's meeting with Chile. "The team will comprise the players who've been here the whole week," Van Gaal confirmed.