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New Year shakedown

FCB resume preparations for trophy quest

The mid-season break officially came to an end at Bayern on Sunday when, as one of the last Bundesliga squads to reassemble after Christmas, the first-team stars reported back to start preparations for the second half of the season. Coach Louis van Gaal supervised his troops, now reduced by four as a result of a flurry of transfer activity, for a late afternoon shakedown following the festive break.

“I’m glad we’re getting back into it now,” youngster Thomas Müller declared ahead of the first workout in 2010. “The break’s done us good, but the urge to play is back again now,” commented Mario Gomez as he headed for the changing rooms. After a brief team talk, Van Gaal and his players filed past the Säbener Strasse ServiceCenter onto the main training pitch, in superb condition thanks to the undersoil heating, at around ten to five CET.