Summary

  • Hummels confident going into the second half of the season.
  • Says Doha winter training camp "full of positives."
  • Hopes to cap first season back at Bayern with silverware.

Mats Hummels' first six months back at boyhood club FC Bayern München could not have gone much better.

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The former Borussia Dortmund captain was an ever-present at the heart of the Bayern defence during the first half of the season, and is now thinking about how to turn a Hinrunde of great promise into silverware.

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"I'm really happy," Hummels said after a welcome morning off on the penultimate day of the Bundesliga leaders' winter training camp in Doha, Qatar. "I found my feet pretty quickly and I've not had any injury problems. Not many teams will be able to stop us, if we do what is expected of us."

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With Hummels marshalling the back four, Bayern are once again in contention on all three fronts at the halfway stage of the campaign. The Bavarians are three points clear of RB Leipzig at the top of the Bundesliga standings and are also through to the DFB Cup third round and the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League.

"Being second in the table, Leipzig are in the running, but you can't rule out Dortmund, given their quality," Hummels said of the current status quo in the Bundesliga. "Since 2012, I've only won the Supercup, so obviously [winning] a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double is a very attractive proposition, but I really want to win the Champions League."

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Hummels believes Bayern have made the most of their time together along the Persian Gulf.

Although the race for the title - Bundesliga or other - still has legs to burn, Hummels is confident the 25-time Bundesliga champions' on-going preparations for the second half of an already encouraging season will yield tangible results come May.

"Our training camp has only been full of positives," he said. "We've had contact with each other that we didn't have in the summer and have been able to lay down a good foundation for the second half of the season. With a bit of luck, we'll win multiple trophies."

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