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Benatia takes the next step

After Arjen Robben's comeback in the 4-0 victory over FC Köln more good news followed on Sunday: After being sidelined for two months Mehdi Benatia resumed parts of the team training programme. The centre-back did running and passing exercises with his team-mates before completing an individual programme on an adjacent pitch. The Morocco international, a candidate for the African Player of the Year award, sustained a muscular injury in his right thigh away to Hoffenheim in August.

Cheers! Free beer from Paulaner

The 1000th Bundesliga victory and Arjen Robben's comeback: after the Köln match Bayern fans had every reason to raise a glass to the club. And they did! After the final whistle Bayern partner Paulaner laid on 5,000 litres of free beer at the Allianz Arena. Cheers!

Quote of the day

“Sometimes I think the coach knows German clubs and teams better than we Germans do.”
(Manuel Neuer on Pep Guardiola's match preparation)