Bayern begin run-in to start of the season

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The countdown to the start of the season is on! After a day off, Bayern today started the final week of preparations ahead of the Bundesliga opener against FC Schalke 04 at the Allianz Arena on Friday.

Serenade for Thomas Müller

The FC Bayern players were in good spirits as they got to work in glorious sunshine. There was plenty of laughter and the team provided a serenade for Thomas Müller a day after his 31st birthday. The mood in Hansi Flick's team is excellent -- how else could it be after the recent incredibly successful weeks and months.

Here are the best photos from the training session:

Build on last season's success

After 30 games without defeat (29 wins, one draw) the record run for FCB carried on with the victory in the Champions League final against Paris St Germain (1-0). The record champions are obviously now looking to build on that in the new season. With all the fun at the session there was also, of course, evident sporting ambition. The Bayern players worked up a sweat with fitness drills and practice games before Flick moved on to tactical details for the clash against the team from Gelsenkirchen.

As in previous years, it is down to FC Bayern to mount a successful start to the new campaign. FCB remain unbeaten in their last eight Bundesliga openers (seven wins, one draw).

A number of details were clarified for the new season on Monday -- Adrian Fein, Alexander Nübel and Joshua Zirkzee have the following shirt numbers for the coming season


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