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Sweat and toil at the Säbener Strasse

When Pep Guardiola gave his squad the day off on Thursday, he might have expected peace and quiet to descend on the Säbener Strasse training facility – but the coach hadn’t taken into account his players’ enthusiasm and passion for hard work. Rather than put their feet up, Mario Götze, Javi Martínez, Jan Kirchhoff, Diego Contento and Dante reported to fitness specialists Lorenzo Buenaventura and Andreas Kornmayer for a punishing session packed with sweat and toil. Elsewhere at the facility, Arjen Robben went for a long run, and the Performance Center was a busy place too, as a number of the stars worked out in the weights room and/or called in on the medical unit for treatment and physiotherapy.

Injury concerns for opponents Mainz

Two days prior to their away Bundesliga trip to Munich, injuries are a worry for Saturday’s opponents FSV Mainz, with both first-choice keeper Heinz Müller and the club’s top scorer Nicolai Müller in danger of missing out on the prestige clash. Keeper Heinz Müller cannot train at the present time due to back problems, while striker Nicolai Müller sprained ligaments in his right angle during training on Wednesday. “We’ll have to take it one day at a time with Nicolai. If he can hobble by Saturday, he plays,” deadpanned Mainz boss Thomas Tuchel, who reckons compensating for the loss of Heinz Müller would be easier: “We have a like-for-like replacement in Christian Wetklo.”

Facebook milestones for Bayern and Berni

Bayern’s growing worldwide popularity shows no signs of ebbing, as the latest figures from Facebook ( clearly show. On Wednesday morning, the treble winners passed the nine million followers mark, with more than a million new fans joining the worldwide FCB Facebook family in the last six weeks. No other football club is showing similar rates of growth. And the Facebook page dedicated to Munich mascot Berni ( now has more than 100,000 followers, more than one or two Bundesliga clubs in total. We’ve produced this short video clip as a thank you to all our fans!