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Ready and willing

Eager Bayern all set for Bundesliga restart

While Matthias Sammer analysed the match at the Jahnstadion for TV, in the background the cameras showed the players warming down: light regeneration exercise for those who had featured against Regensburg, sweat-inducing stamina-building runs for the unused subs. The final whistle on Monday evening’s first round cup tie blew at around quarter past ten, but just minutes later, the Bayern squad had already begun preparations for the Bundesliga restart fixture away to fellow Bavarians Greuther Fürth in five days’ time. And the 90 minutes against second division Regensburg gave strong indications that the men from Munich are well-prepared for Saturday's league opener.

In the 4-0 victory over home side SSV Jahn, FCB were always superior and never in danger of not making the second round of the cup for the 18th time in a row. Despite what Jupp Heynckes described as “subtropical temperatures", and despite it being the first competitive fixture of the new season, “we're ready, as everyone saw," according to Xherdan Shaqiri. Arjen Robben spoke of “a good start. We've won the Supercup, and the first cup match as well. We're ready to go in the Bundesliga."