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Warming up for Inter

Training and interviews dominate the day

The glittering DFB Cup, FCB’s second trophy of the season, flew with Mark van Bommel from Berlin to Munich on Sunday, before the captain deposited the prized golden item with Säbener Strasse officials on Monday morning. That ended the domestic season, and the club is now focused on Saturday’s Champions League final against Inter Milan in Madrid. “All I heard yesterday was talk of Madrid,” Ivica Olic revealed.

Bayern’s biggest match since the elite European final nine years ago occupied centre-stage on Monday. More than 100 reporters from all over the world, from Argentina via Italy to Qatar, took advantage of an Media Open Day to watch the squad train, before Louis van Gaal and five players - Van Bommel, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Robben and Olic – took questions. “It's harder work than playing,” said Philipp Lahm shortly before the end of the two-hour media event.

FCB in winning mood

Five days ahead of the crunch showdown, the gut feeling at Bayern is good, according to Lahm, and the thirst for honours undiminished: “We’ve won the double, and now we have a chance of the treble, which no German team has ever won before.” Winning the cup was important, said Olic, “so we maintain our positive rhythm.”

The idea is to keep the winning rhythm going in Madrid. “We’re in the groove and we’ll just keep going,” said Van Bommel, who missed morning training with back pain. “But it’s nothing serious,” he assured reporters later, “it’s already gone.” The captain is not a doubt for Madrid.