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Spring temperatures set to rise at FCB

According to meteorologists, spring officially began five days ago, but the snow is still falling on Munich. That didn't stop 100 diehard fans making light of the icy conditions on Monday and trekking to the Säbener Strasse to watch the day's training session. Jupp Heynckes gave his men the weekend off but personally supervised the group of just seven senior players who are not away on international duty, as the head coach and players started out on a new and very important week of training, because the club is poised for what could be a very hot April.

Easter Saturday's home meeting with Hamburg ushers in a period with two matches a week for at least three weeks – and if the Bundesliga champions-elect make it to the Champions League semi-finals, that will stretch to five weeks. However, before any of that, the task is to come through the quarter-final against Juventus, overcome Wolfsburg in the last four of the DFB Cup, and perform successfully in the Bundesliga in a series of fixtures against clubs battling for places in Europe, namely Hamburg, Frankfurt, Nürnberg and Hanover.