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Müller: I want to win the thing

At the end of 2013, Bayern have the chance to add a final golden touch to the most successful year in the club’s history: the treble winners contest the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco from 11 to 21 December. The build-up to the final footballing highlight of the year began on Wednesday at the Säbener Strasse facility with a Media Open Day for accredited reporters from all over the world, including the competition hosts and Japan. “Winning the Club World Cup would make our treble even more precious,” commented Thomas Müller, who took questions from the media representatives alongside head coach Pep Guardiola, club captain Philipp Lahm, and wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry. “And I want to win the thing!” Müller declared.

Dante resumes squad training

There was good news of Dante early on Wednesday evening as the Brazilian trained with his team-mates for the first time since sustaining a deep gash to the foot in the league meeting with Mainz ten days ago. Prior to the full training session, Arjen Robben and Toni Kroos joined Thiago for individual routines. Robben and Kroos, both substituted in the first half-hour of last Saturday’s Bundesliga meeting with Hertha Berlin, focused on pace and stamina building exercise, with both players taking on a much greater physical load than in recent days. “It’s getting better every day, but we won’t be taking any risks,” reported Robben, who remains doubtful for the weekend trip to Hoffenheim. Thiago is also making good progress following ankle surgery at the end of August. The Spaniard put in a session of interval sprints.

Four doubtful for Hoffenheim

Three days prior to hosting Bayern, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim quartet Kevin Volland, Eugen Polanski, Tobias Strobl and Fabian Johnson remain doubtful for the Bundesliga contest. None of the four was able to train as normal on Wednesday. “We still have time until Saturday, but it’ll be a race against time. It could be tight for some of my players,” reported TSG head coach Markus Gisdol. The 44-year-old promised a courageous performance from his men: “We won’t freeze in shock and awe,” he stated.