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Squad of eight for training

A number of junior team youngsters have augmented Carlo Ancelotti's squad for training over the last few days, but the Italian had to make do with the senior pros who have remained in Munich on Thursday morning as only a handful of stars reported to the Säbener Strasse HQ. However, that did not affect the upbeat atmosphere: keepers Sven Ulreich and Tom Starke and outfield players Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribéry, Xabi Alonso, Rafinha, Juan Bernat and Holger Badstuber clearly enjoyed a series of rondo drills and a football tennis match. Arjen Robben took a breather, pursuing an individual programme in the performance centre.

Matchdays 13 to 16 finalised

The German Football League (DFL) has issued the final schedule for the last four matchdays before the winter break. FC Bayern travel to face FSV Mainz on Friday 2 December at 20.30 CET before entertaining VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday 10 December at 15.30. The German record champions play away to SV Darmstadt on Sunday 18 December at 15.30 before taking on RB Leipzig at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday 21 December at 20.00, the last match before Christmas.

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