Hernández completes first squad session
Viva Bavaria! FC Bayern took up residence at the Tegernsee lake resort on Tuesday for a five-day training camp. After arriving with the team bus and having lunch together, the first training session took place in the late afternoon in front of 2,500 enthusiastic fans. World Cup winner Lucas Hernández was in the thick of the action: four months after surgery on his right knee, the new signing took part in squad training for the first time.
"I think the most important thing for the time being is that he’s properly fit and starts to settle in," said Germany international Leon Goretzka after the almost two-hour session. "I think he's someone who can help us right away and who's in a positive mood." Niklas Süle added: "I got to know him as a very, very positive person and he’s a top player too.
In front of the picturesque backdrop formed by the Wallberg peak, the men from Munich initially completed a 25-minute warm-up and stabilisation programme in the neighbouring fitness tent, before the ball came to the fore on FC Rottach-Egern's sports field. Passing and positional play, three-man rondos and tight match situation practice in restricted zones were the main elements of the session.
The workout finished with interval runs and, as in the previous year, 20 minutes on exercise bikes in the fitness tent at the same location. Thiago, David Alaba and Javi Martínez spent the full session there, as the trio completed individual programmes. Before returning to the team hotel, all the players took time out to fulfil countless requests for autographs and selfies from the enthusiastic Bayern fans.