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Training and interviews dominate the day

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon May 17, 2010 7:30 pm

The glittering DFB Cup, FCB's second trophy of the season, flew with Mark van Bommel from Berlin to Munich on Sunday, before the captain deposited the prized golden item with Säbener Strasse officials on Monday morning. That ended the domestic season, and the club is now focused on Saturday's Champions League final against Inter Milan in Madrid. "All I heard yesterday was talk of Madrid," Ivica Olic revealed.

Bayern's biggest match since the elite European final nine years ago occupied centre-stage on Monday. More than 100 reporters from all over the world, from Argentina via Italy to Qatar, took advantage of an Media Open Day to watch the squad train, before Louis van Gaal and five players - Van Bommel, Lahm, Schweinsteiger, Robben and Olic - took questions. "It's harder work than playing," said Philipp Lahm shortly before the end of the two-hour media event.

FCB in winning mood

Five days ahead of the crunch showdown, the gut feeling at Bayern is good, according to Lahm, and the thirst for honours undiminished: "We've won the double, and now we have a chance of the treble, which no German team has ever won before." Winning the cup was important, said Olic, "so we maintain our positive rhythm."

The idea is to keep the winning rhythm going in Madrid. "We're in the groove and we'll just keep going," said Van Bommel, who missed morning training with back pain. "But it's nothing serious," he assured reporters later, "it's already gone." The captain is not a doubt for Madrid.

Ribéry in Lausanne

Franck Ribéry also missed the workout, as he was travelling with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne for the final appeal against his Champions League suspension. Otherwise, Van Gaal supervised his full squad.

After the celebratory scenes in Berlin, the coach said he was "not dissatisfied" with what he saw in training: "It was pretty good." However, the session was merely a gentle warm-up. Van Gaal has ordered the players to rest on Tuesday, before the pre-match preparations begin in earnest on Wednesday. "That's when we'll start specific routines geared towards Inter," explained Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Bursting with anticipation

Using video footage, Van Gaal and his coaching staff will present a detailed overview of the Italian double winners' strengths and weaknesses. "We'll be shown methods for beating Inter, but we'll also see where they're strong," Schweinsteiger revealed. The training sessions will also be specifically centred on Saturday's opponents. "We'll play eleven-a-side training matches, with one team playing like Inter," Schweinsteiger continued.

The Bayern party travels to Madrid on Thursday, where a fine-tuning programme comprising two training sessions and a number of team talks awaits. Lahm can hardly wait for it all to start: "I sense really keen anticipation for the moment when we walk out at the Bernabéu." That moment arrives at just before quarter to nine on Saturday.
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