There was only one question for Bayern Munich supporters coming out of the Audi Cup victories over AC Milan and Real Madrid. It didn't have anything to do with what happened on the field in the two games. Why didn't Arjen Robben and Thiago Alcantara play at all?
The answer is actually quite simple. Thanks, Kicker.
Thiago was sick. Yes, players no matter how superhuman they may seem do become ill from time to time. Thiago wasn't feeling well, so there was no reason to run him out in two friendlies.
Robben was not being risked in a friendly in order to get prepared for the DFB Pokal match at the weekend. After going 90 minutes last weekend against Wolfsburg in the DFL Supercup, Robben was given a few extra days to recover following his first minutes back from the injury that ended his 2014-15 season.
Both players returned to the full squad's regeneration session on Thursday. There will be no practice on Friday, but the club will do their final run-through on Saturday for the DFB Pokal match against FC Nöttingen.