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Training restarts for handful of stars

When the players reported back for the first official training session of pre-season on Wednesday the temperature was 15°C and the rain bucketed down. The weather is normally much nicer, but the conditions made no difference to the workout at the Säbener Strasse starting at 4 pm CET. Most of the players were still absent, as was head coach Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard will remain with his family in Barcelona until Sunday, as he stayed behind in Munich for two weeks after the cup final in May to lay the foundations for the new campaign. He is scheduled back at headquarters on Monday.

That meant assistant coach Hermann Gerland took charge of the first session of 2014/15. The Tiger warmed up the players before a series of drills on the ball and a practice match. The programme lasted 85 minutes and featured just seven first-team players: new arrivals Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode, plus Tom Starke, David Alaba, Holger Badstuber, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, and Rafinha. Four juniors helped make up the numbers.

Claudio Pizarro returned to Munich with a tight calf and worked out in the performance centre. He was joined by Diego Contento, who had knee surgery in the summer. Mitchell Weiser (ankle) and Thiago continued sports rehab programs. This week’s new signing Juan Bernat starts training on Thursday. Nine members of the squad are still involved in the World Cup, with the remainder on vacation.

Referring to the disruption always caused by a major summer tournament, Matthias Sammer called for focused hard work in the 44 days until the first Bundesliga fixture on 22 August: “There's no reason to be concerned. But there's every reason to do a good job every day from now on.” Let's go for it!