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Trio resume training

Chairman: We need at least one goal

The Easter weekend is proving a very good one at Bayern this year. The 1,000 or so fans who flocked to the Säbener Strasse facility on Easter Sunday were witnesses to plenty of good news.

On the one hand Manuel Neuer resumed light training with the ball. The world goalkeeper of the year felt a calf go tight in the Bundesliga meeting with Dortmund a week ago and has been out of action since then. It now looks as though he will recover fitness in time for next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg away to Real Madrid.

The signs are also looking good for David Alaba and Diego Contento. Alaba sat out Saturday’s league trip to Braunschweig with a cold, but the Austrian joined the unused subs and squad players for Sunday’s session out on the training pitch. Contento also resumed squad training for the first time since stretching an ankle ligament two and a half weeks ago.

Rummenigge sets target

Pep Guardiola lost eight men for the Braunschweig trip, but with three days to go until the clash in Madrid, the injury and absentee situation has begun to improve. There was similarly positive news at Real, who had no league fixture this weekend: Cristiano Ronaldo was sufficiently recovered from a hamstring problem to complete part of the squad training session. But will he play on Wednesday? Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hopes he can: “The semi-final is a huge spectacle and it’ll be watched all over the globe. So we want to see all the best players.“

Regardless of Ronaldo’s presence or absence, the FCB chairman called for a courageous performance at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu. “We need to score at least one goal. That’s what we learned from Dortmund’s meetings with Real Madrid,“ commented Rummenigge, “we’re known as la bestia negra [the black beast] down there. We need to show them la bestia negra is back.“