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Run-in to the restart

Focus turns to fine tuning and freshness

Bayern open the second half of their Bundesliga campaign at home to promoted Greuther Fürth on Saturday. Jupp Heynckes will begin supervising the last few training sessions of the mid-season period on Tuesday, with the players taking a final rest day on Monday after the punishing schedule of the last two weeks. “It's cost us strength. We need to regain our freshness," the coach said on Sunday evening.

Heynckes was speaking after a 2-0 friendly victory away to Unterhaching. FCB's previous warm-up matches also ended in wins, 3-0 away to Basel, 5-0 against Schalke, and 4-0 against Qatari champions Lekhwiya SC. Munich are certainly in good form, but Matthias Sammer still feels there is room for improvement. “We mustn't let ourselves be deceived," the board director for sport said on national TV, as he identified areas for criticism: “I'm not happy with everything I've seen."