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First-rate winter prep crowned by friendly win

After a mid-season training camp packed with positives and a successful dress rehearsal in Basel on Tuesday, the Bayern stars feel they are optimally prepared for the start of the second half of the 2009-10 campaign. “Oh yes, we’re ready all right,” Bastian Schweinsteiger declared ahead of Wednesday training. “I don’t think we’ve lost much during the brief break,” added Ivica Olic on the morning after the friendly in Switzerland.

Bayern won their solitary warm-up fixture of the mid-season period, beating the side second in the Swiss top flight 3-1 on their own turf. Louis van Gaal and his men return to competitive action against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena on Friday, looking to increase the pressure on Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen and step up their pursuit of honours in the league, cup and Champions League. “I think we’ll be successful,” Schweinsteiger stated.