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More records as Ribéry resumes training

Just a short time after returning from Mönchengladbach on Saturday the stars were breaking sweat again, as Pep Guardiola supervised a training session immediately after the squad’s arrival back at the Säbener Strasse facility. The head coach took charge of the players who either did not feature or only made brief appearances against Borussia. The group was joined by Franck Ribéry, who missed the trip to the Lower Rhine with injury. The good-sized crowd also saw Manuel Neuer in action, but the rest of the starting line-up from Friday’s match completed regeneration training in the Performance Center. Daniel van Buyten and Javi Martínez had already worked on individual sports rehab programmess with fitness coach Andreas Kornmayer in the morning. The next squad session is on Monday and is closed to the public.

Records continue to tumble

Friday’s 2-0 victory in Mönchengladbach means Bayern continue to set new records. A 42nd straight Bundesliga match without defeat and a 53rd while scoring at least once extends the existing records, while the 27th away fixture without defeat is a new record. Furthermore, no team has ever before taken 47 points from their first 17 matches in a season, and Pep Guardiola is the first coach to go that long in his maiden German top-flight campaign without defeat. Last but not least FCB equalled Hamburg’s record of scoring in 27 consecutive away matches between 1981 and 1983.

Arsenal cruise in FA Cup

Arsenal have reached the last sixteen of the FA Cup. The English Premier League leaders won their fourth-round tie at home to third-tier Coventry City 4-0 on Friday evening, confirming their good form with four weeks to go until the Champions League clash with Bayern. Former FCB man Lukas Podolski set the Gunners on their way with a first half brace, before Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla netted in the last ten minutes to complete the scoring.