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Bayern Munich will field near-full strength squad on USA tour

There is one benefit of Germany’s early World Cup elimination.

Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac, 2018.
Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac, 2018.
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There’s a big silver lining to Germany’s disappointing performance at the World Cup. Following their elimination, the bulk of Bayern players in Russia will not only get their summer vacation, but they’ll get nearly a full preseason under new coach Niko Kovac.

All of the Germans (Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Niklas Sule, Joshua Kimmich, Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka) and Robert Lewandowski will be able to spend several weeks prepping for the new season and tactics that Kovac plans to employ at Bayern.

Thiago Alcantara, James Rodriguez, and Corentin Tolisso will all get at least one more game in the knockout rounds, with the potential of spending another two weeks with their national teams.

This also means that, for the first time since the Audi Summer Tours began, Bayern will have a near-full complement of players on their trip to America! This is fantastic news for those Bayern fans in the States that were planning on traveling to see the club play a pair of friendlies this summer.

Kovac will get an entire month of training behind closed doors away from the watchful eyes of the club’s supporters. Due to all of the construction going on around Säbener Straße, it’s been deemed not safe for fans to be wondering around everywhere. The first time that fans will get to see a Bayern training under Kovac won’t be until August 2 when Bayern leave Munich for another training camp.

Following their return from the USA, Bayern will head to the small Bavarian town of Tegernsee to complete an eight day training camp. With a giant lake and one of Germany’s oldest breweries, what more could a Bavarian club want? This is Bayern’s second trip to Tegernsee. The first was in the summer of 2006 when Felix Magath was the club’s manager.

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