MUNICH – A public training session in front of 2,000 fans on Sunday allowed Bayern Munich to show they are ready for a tough week of final preparations for the new season.
Back from a tour of the United States, home friendlies against Fenerbahce on Tuesday and Real Madrid or Tottenham on Wednesday are followed by Saturday's German Super Cup at last term's runners-up Borussia Dortmund - the start of the real campaign for fans.
With a German Cup first-round date at fourth-tier Energie Cottbus following on August 12 before the Bundesliga start at home to Hertha Berlin on August 16, coach Niko Kovac is hard at work with the future of Thomas Mueller occupying his thoughts.
The boss seems to have settled on a 4-3-3 formation, meaning the role of a number 10 behind striker Robert Lewandowski, often filled by Mueller, is not required.
The former Germany player is not quick enough to occupy the flanks, where Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman are set to start unless Bayern manage to bring in the extra winger they so covet following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. They also have young Alphonso Davies in reserve.