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Telekom Cup: ‘We can see where we stand’

On Thursday, the stars posed for the official squad photo, proudly showing off last season's triple haul of trophies. The Bundesliga shield, the DFB Cup and the Champions League trophy were prominently displayed, but Munich did miss out on one prize last term, the Telekom Cup, a trophy they have in fact never won. FCB aim to rectify that omission this weekend in their fifth shot at this now established pre-season tournament.

However, as is always the case at this stage of the summer, the outcome is only of secondary importance. The real significance of the Telekom Cup is as a welcome benchmarking exercise halfway through the pre-season period. “We can see where we stand," Daniel van Buyten told Manuel Neuer said it would be “a good test for us."