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Niko Kovac and Bayern Munich are feeling good ahead of the upcoming campaign

There were a lot of positives to take away from Bayern’s pre-season excursions and they’re ready to collect some more silverware this season.

Audi Cup - Bayern Munich - Tottenham Hotspur Photo by Sven Hoppe/picture alliance via Getty Images

Despite losing out on the Audi Cup on penalties to Tottenhem Hotspur, it’s safe to say that Bayern Munich had a successful preseason campaign. Coach Niko Kovac did a solid job of distributing minutes between some of the younger players in the squad and the veteran players in the first team. The club played three matches in the U.S — a narrow loss vs. Arsenal followed by wins against Real Madrid and AC Milan showed how much Bayern progressed throughout the tournament as a cohesive unit.

Speaking after the loss to Spurs, Kovac described the ICC and Audi Cup as “a successful tournament(s)” and was “very happy” with the way his team played (via FCBayern.com):

The team are in very good shape at the moment and we’ve got time before the start of the Bundesliga for fine-tuning.

In particular, the Croatian was rather impressed by some of the younger players in the squad during both the ICC and Audi Cup:

They did well and that must give them a boost.

Goalkeepers Sven Ulreich and Manuel Neuer echoed Kovac’s praise for the younger players in the squad, as they were equally as impressed as their manager. Ulreich made a point of highlighting Alphonso Davies, who was one of the real bright spots among Bayern’s youth throughout preseason:

All the young players were outstanding – respect and hats off to them. Bayern can be proud to have lads like that. Davies, above all, has taken a big step in the right direction in the last six months and still has great potential to improve.

Neuer added:

He [Davies] was so agile on the pitch. You could see the ability he has but, of course, he’s got to keep working on it.

One Davies’s best performances came in the 2-2 draw against Tottenham in the Audi Cup Final. The Canadian youngster set up Bayern’s first goal after going 2-0 down in the first half and scored the second. For the first goal, he set up fellow youngster Fiete Arp, who’s also shown plenty of promise during the summer’s preseason matches.

Ironically enough, Arp was playing against one of his footballing idols, Harry Kane, whose jersey he was able acquire after the match ended. Playing against him, Arp said, was a dream come true:

It’s definitely something I’ve dreamed about for a long time. It’s just a brilliant moment being on the pitch with him today in such an exciting and impressive game from us in the end.

Now that the preseason preparations have concluded, Bayern must shift their focus to Borussia Dortmund for the DFL-Supercup in what will be the first of (at least) three installments of der Klassiker this season. The match, as the first competitive fixture for both clubs, will likely serve as a glimpse into the close battle we’re going to see between them for the Bundesliga title this season.

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