Regeneration for semi-final starters - Bayern fully focused on Tigres
After the comfortable, but also energy-sapping 2-0 win in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-final against Al Ahly SC, Tuesday was all about regeneration for the FC Bayern players who had started the match. "Now it's important for us to get our strength back so we can be at 100 per cent again on Thursday," Hansi Flick said at the post-match press conference on Monday evening. FCB will face CONCACAF Champions League winners Tigres UANL in the final at Education City Stadium on Thursday (19:00 CET).
Semi-final brace scorer Robert Lewandowski and Co. started Tuesday morning with a bike ergometer session at the team hotel. Afterwards, the record champions' players underwent stabilisation exercises in the pool. Those players who had had less game time or none at all against Al Ahly completed a training session on the pitch. After the warm-up, the main focus was on passing and exercises and playing patterns.
Bayern are already fully focused on Thursday's final against Tigres. That's when Flick's team aim to crown an outstanding season with a historic sixth title within the space of a year. "That would be an extraordinary success, even considering FC Bayern's outstanding club history," said the Bayern coach. For the men from Munich, Wednesday will be all about the final preparations for the big night, including the last pre-match training session and press conference. We'll be there for you and keep you updated on Bayern's day.
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