Created on 13-02-2014 at 14:00 PM
Bastian Schweinsteiger is back. The Bayern vice-captain returned to the fray against Hamburg SV in the DFB Cup after three months out injured. Schweinsteiger came off the bench for Philipp Lahm on 65 minutes and he was given the captain's armband by the skipper as he went off. The 29-year-old Germany star played in holding midfield for his first 25 minutes on the pitch since the 1-0 Champions League win at Viktoria Plzen on 5 November. “I certainly felt I'd had a run-out,” declared Schweinsteiger after the final whistle.
Warm down in Hamburg
The FCB stars remained in Hamburg on the morning after the midweek cup victory. Pep Guardiola and his men utilised the Wolfgang Meyer sports centre, where the HSV reserves stage their home homes, for the customary post-match warm down drills. The squad flew back to Munich on a Lufthansa jet at around 1 pm.
Double milestone on Wednesday
FCB marked two milestones in the 5-0 DFB Cup quarter-final victory at Hamburg SV. The opener from Mario Mandzukic on 21 minutes was also goal number 650 for Bayern Munich in the DFB Cup or its predecessor, the Tschammer Cup. Just five minutes later, central defender Dante made it 2-0 with his first goal in a cup competition in his fifteenth outing.
FCB in the hunt for records
Bayern are also on the hunt for records in the DFB Cup. The 5-0 win against HSV at the quarter-final stage takes the Reds to the semi-finals for the fifth time in succession and puts them level with the previous record set by Werder Bremen from 1987 to 1992. In the fifteenth away win on the bounce, FCB achieved a club record by not conceding for the seventh successive game. The last cup goal let in by Guardiola's team on the road was over two years ago in the 2-1 win at Bochum.
Van Buyten working hard
While his team-mates were in Hamburg, Daniel van Buyten spent Wednesday morning in Munich working on his comeback. The Belgium international, who has been struggling with knee problems recently, completed a rigorous session on the training ground. Youngsters Mitchell Weiser and Ylli Sallahi were also being put through their paces by the fitness coach Thomas Wilhelmi with a combination of drills including sprints and stamina work.
Arsenal draw a blank
Arsenal missed the chance to go top of the Premier League last night. The Gunners, who face Bayern in the Champions League Round of 16 next Wednesday, only managed a goalless draw against Manchester United at the Emirates and are now one point behind league leaders Chelsea on 56 points.