Badstuber returns to action in 'home match'

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The entertaining Audi Football Summit against AC Milan ended in an 8-6 penalty defeat for FC Bayern, but the result was of secondary importance for the German record champions. "These friendlies are important because we can analyse them well," said Philipp Lahm: "What can we improve in our positional play, in our defensive organisation, how can we put our opponents under more pressure," the FCB skipper explained.

"The result is unimportant," added Carlo Ancelotti, who saw a "strong display" of his new team: "We reacted well after going one down." The Italian was particularly pleased that nobody sustained any injuries: "That was the main thing." In matches like the one against Milan the focus is on the physical condition of the players, which is improving more and more after the long break. "That's what we're working on."

'We all benefit from it'

There was more good news as Holger Badstuber made his comeback. After 171 days on the sidelines the centre-back took his first steps onto the turf and played 30 minutes, with all his passes finding a team-mate. "It was planned that he'd play only 30 minutes," revealed Ancelotti. "It was good for him after the long break. He did it well." Lahm agreed: "He benefits from a game at this level, we all do. I'm not worried about Holger's return."

The Bayern captain expressed special praise for the atmosphere at Soldier Field. "Fantastic," the 32-year-old commented, "it's really beautiful. We clearly outnumbered them. An atmosphere like this far away from home, I think it was superb. It's fun to play football then." Waves travelled through the 45,000 crowd, chants of "let's go Bayern" echoed through the arena near Lake Michigan: the Bavarians gave an excellent account of themselves in Chicago.


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