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Family dinner follows all-action encounter

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The players were undeniably curious as they entered the converted Spanish farmhouse owned by their boss. They had travelled just 20 minutes on the team bus from Borussia Park before arriving in Schwalmtal, where they were warmly greeted by Jupp Heynckes, his wife, a brother, and his German Shepherd Cando. Outside in a marquee in the garden, everything was ready and waiting for a cosy family evening, with star chef Alfons Schuhbeck serving up scampi salad, Rhineland sauerbraten and apple strudel with ice cream. “It was wonderful," Jerome Boateng revealed to (read the full interview with Jerome on Monday).

The team had Boateng to thank for their agreeable evening, as it was he who won a wager with the coach on scoring his maiden Bundesliga goal against Düsseldorf in early March. “Up to now, we simply haven't had the opportunity to go to a restaurant somewhere, so I combined it all with the last Bundesliga fixture," said Heynckes, explaining the invitation to visit his home in Gladbach.