The calm before the Madrid storm
Following their victory away at Hamburg, Bayern have been back home at Säbener Straße for a relaxing day on this sunny Sunday. As usual the day after a match, recovery was the order of the day for the majority of the team. From a balcony, Thomas Müller and co. were watching the reserves, including Juan Bernat after recovering a muscle injury, play in front of 1500 fans. After that there were some autograph to sign, Alonso had a kick-about with his son and some of the other players went to watch the U17s in their derby in a nearby pitch.
It’s the calm before the storm because on Monday FC Bayern will begin their intense preparations for their Champions League encounter at Atlético Madrid on Wednesday. “We have played Spanish teams for the last three years and always lost. With Ancelotti in charge, we want to show at Atlético that we can win at least a point or even all three,” stipulated Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
However, Bayern also know what to expect at the Vicente Calderón. “It will be extraordinarily tricky,” said Mats Hummels. Just five months ago, Bayern lost 1-0 against Diego Simeone’s side in the Champions League semi-final. But this rematch cannot be about seeking revenge, according to Philipp Lahm, “It’s the group stage and not the semi-finals. But if we can leave there with some points then we will have had a very decent start to our campaign.”