Summary

  • Bayern due to leave Doha on Wednesday.
  • Müller: 'Looking forward to Rückrunde'.
  • Thiago's injury only disappointment.

FC Bayern München are heading into the Rückrunde with a spring in their step after their week-long training camp in Qatar.

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Carlo Ancelotti and his technical staff put the Bundesliga leaders through 11 gruelling training sessions in the Doha sun, and the benefits were clear as Bayern skipped to a 5-0 win over Belgian outfit KAS Eupen in Tuesday's friendly.

"The training camp was super," enthused Thomas Müller ahead of Bayern's return to Bavaria on Wednesday. "We really trained well and were able to have some sessions that we didn't have so much time for in the Hinrunde. We also did some work without the ball in sand, which was really tough! We hope that we'll feel the benefit of that.

"The team spirit was good, we had a lot of fun and some intense training games. We brought things to a fine end with the friendly. The conditions here were great, everything is so simple: train, eat, sleep. Now we're looking forward to the fact that things will get underway again soon."

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Bundesliga business will resume for the defending champions at SC Freiburg on 20 January, though Bayern have time to hone their preparations still further with the Telekom Cup on Saturday.

Ancelotti's men will face second-tier hosts Fortuna Düsseldorf over 45 minutes before Borussia Mönchengladbach and 1. FSV Mainz 05 go head-to-head over a half at the ESPRIT Arena.

The respective winners and losers of those matches will then face each other in a 45-minute game later in the day to determine the final placings.

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Thiago Alcantara is sidelined by a thigh injury sustained during the camp in Doha. © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

One man missing in Düsseldorf and again in Freiburg will be Thiago Alcantara, who suffered a thigh injury during the training camp. However, the Spain international's problem was the only lowpoint of an otherwise highly positive stay.

"It was important we trained well this week. We really gave it everything," stated captain Philipp Lahm. "Thiago's injury is of course disappointing, but other than that, everyone's going home as good as fit."

Franck Ribery added: "At training camp, you have to give 100 per cent, for the whole season. And we have worked very, very well. It's great. At the end of it, almost every player has played 45 minutes, which is good to get you in the rhythm of things. Now we're a little tired, but we have also done a lot."

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