FC Bayern München landed in Doha on Tuesday for an eight-day winter training camp that the hope will warm them up well for a tilt at the treble in the first half of 2017.
The German record champions have once again selected Doha as the location for their preparations for the second half of the season, having found the conditions very much to their liking in the past six seasons.
"They're the best training facilities in the world," said Bayern's Executive Board Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge prior to departure for the luxurious Mövenpick Hotel Al Aziziyah, neighbouring the seven training pitches of the Aspire Academy.
It may be familiar to most of the Bayern squad, although it will be a welcome change for Mats Hummels. "I like the time we spend as a team, focusing on training," said the central defender, who was not too far away with Borussia Dortmund last January. "I was at a training camp in Dubai last year and the conditions were perfect. I hope it'll be similar in Doha," added the 28-year-old.
While in the Emirates, Bayern will contest one friendly match against Belgian top-flight outfit KAS Eupen on Tuesday, 10 January before returning to Germany a day later.
Hummels' defensive partner Jerome Boateng has been left behind in Munich to continue working on his recovery from a shoulder injury, but coach Carlo Ancelotti will otherwise have a full squad to choose from, bolstered by Raphael Obermair, Marco Friedl and Christian Früchtl from the youth team.
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