FCB turn focus to all-Bavaria derby
The Bayern stars looked sharp and smart on Tuesday afternoon, kitted out in full traditional Bavarian dress. At the now annual Paulaner brewery photo shoot, with the players donning lederhosen for the occasion, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm and company already seemed in the mood for the famous Oktoberfest, even though the world's biggest popular festival is still around a month away.
Naturally, the mood in the Bayern camp is good for sporting reasons too after a perfect start to the new season with three wins in three matches. Tuesday’s shoot was coach Pep Guardiola's first official outing in lederhosen, and newcomers Thiago, Mario Götze and Jan Kirchhoff were donning the traditional outfit for the first time as well. “It's very comfortable and you soon get used to it," Thiago told fcbayern.de.
Following a team photo with the entire playing and coaching staff, the shoot continued with a variety of posed photos in a beer garden set, some of them for Paulaner Cup of the South promotional purposes. The appointment ended after around 50 minutes and the FCB stars switched from the Säbener Strasse sports hall to the dressing room in the Performance Center, preparing themselves for the first workout of the week.
In the late afternoon session, Guardiola supervised almost all his players, watched by a good-sized crowd of autograph-hunting fans. Franck Ribéry and Javi Martinez were not out on the field, as each followed an individual programme elsewhere. Kirchhoff resumed the team training programme after shaking off a minor injury, and could return to the matchday squad for Saturday's all-Bavaria derby against Nürnberg.