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‘A step forward’

Coach reports progress as training camp ends

The last training session of a busy, bustling trip to Trentino was the exception that proved the rule, because Thursday evening’s workout took place with no spectators, no reporters, and almost no noise at all. Pep Guardiola seized the opportunity of an hour’s utter peace to drill his men in movement as a unit and pressing. As always, the coach himself was in the thick of the action, encouraging and instructing the players.

Philipp Lahm, Jan Kirchhoff and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who had all taken a couple of sessions off to recover from minor knocks, resumed the squad programme. At around quarter to eight, the coach closed the session and with it the 2013 summer training camp. The Bayern party will fly home from Verona airport on Friday morning.