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'A great chance'

Youngsters work on the wow factor

Two of the four Bayern goals in the 4-1 friendly victory against the Qatar Stars in Doha on Tuesday night were scored by an FCB junior pro. “I haven’t scored for ages. So it was good to find the back of the net,” said two-goal hero Mitchell Weiser, who at 20 years of age is almost an old lag among the FCB youngsters.

Weiser (20), Sinan Kurt (18), Gianluca Gaudino (18), Marco Hingerl (18), Michael Eberwein (18) and Leopold Zingerle (20) - Pep Guardiola has taken six rising stars to the Volkswagen Camp Qatar. “Because they have the right quality,” said the FCB head coach who fielded all his juniors in the first friendly of 2015.

“They need to take a chance, don’t be scared and go for it,” said Matthias Sammer, happy with progress at the halfway stage of the training camp: “They’ve got fully involved, they’re improving day-by-day and have integrated really well.” The FCB sporting director also stressed: “Integration on its own isn’t enough to make it. You’ve got to do more as a young player. You need to show a certain cheekiness and get stuck into a challenge where people react by saying: Wow!”

Sammer, Guardiola and assistant coach Hermann Gerland gave the youngsters that message at the start of the training camp. Weiser got it straight away. The winger said he has been through “a certain learning process” since he joined the Reds in 2012. Last summer he asked himself “whether or not I’ve given 100 percent. Looking back, I can see I didn’t always manage 100 percent.”

“He’s really cracked it,” declared Sammer, “he’s done very well in training over the past six months.” The two goals in Doha should give the 20-year-old a boost. “I’m only thinking about the training camp and I want to put in 100 percent,” said Weiser. That’s exactly what Sammer wants to see. “You’ve got a great chance here as a young player,” the sporting director concluded, “and you’ve got to take that chance!”