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Eager Bayern aim for maximum return

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jan 23, 2009 9:00 pm

Saturday provides a last chance of the winter break for the Bayern stars to put their feet up and draw breath, after Jürgen Klinsmann decided against scheduling a squad training session. The second half of the season opens in earnest three days later with the DFB Cup Round of 16 trip to VfB Stuttgart, followed by the official Bundesliga restart fixture away to Hamburger SV another three days after that.

With such a challenging schedule, Bayern will know exactly where they currently stand immediately after the restart. "The first couple of matches are very important," confirmed Bastian Schweinsteiger, who nevertheless believes FCB will improve on their opening displays of term back in August. "We're well set to take the maximum possible from the initial fixtures."

Bayern drew their first two games of the season, but are looking to win both their opening restart games. "The situation was different back in the summer, we hadn't gelled as a team - but now we have. I'm very optimistic, and I think we'll get results," Schweinsteiger declared.

After three intense weeks on the practice ground, including a ten-day training camp in Dubai and five wins out of five warm-up friendlies, the Bayern stars are raring to go into the competitive action. "It's looking good," Klinsmann commented after Thursday evening's thumping 5-0 victory in a 'dress rehearsal' against FSV Mainz.

"We've trained hard and we're feeling physically fit," continued Schweinsteiger, "you can see it's all come together, especially going forward, and we're also very well organised at the back. Obviously, there are a couple of things we need to perfect, but that'll come in due course." The Germany international is convinced "we'll already have reached a decent level by the time we play Stuttgart."

In this week's friendlies against the top two in the second division, Kaiserslautern (a 2-0 win for FCB) and Mainz, the champions scored seven goals without reply. The players' confidence is soaring, and the stars cannot wait to embark on matches where something more than pride is at stake. "I'm delighted it's about to get serious," said Luca Toni, "it'll show us what shape we're really in."
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