Bay­ern work­ing on more chances at train­ing camp

The Star Early Edition - - SOCCER -

MU­NICH: Bay­ern Mu­nich must im­prove the bal­ance be­tween de­fence and at­tack for the sec­ond part of the Bun­desliga sea­son, cap­tain Philipp Lahm said yes­ter­day as the cham­pi­ons de­parted for a train­ing camp in Qatar.

Lahm said the team must al­low fewer chances and cre­ate more them­selves, a prob­lem that was ex­posed in sev­eral matches in the past months although the team was at its best when it mat­tered.

“It must work out bet­ter although it al­ways worked out very well at times in cer­tain games,” Lahm said.

The cap­tain was mainly re­fer­ring to a 3-0 vic­tory over RB Leipzig in a ta­ble top­per on De­cem­ber 21, which al­lowed Bay­ern to lead three points ahead of Leipzig into the winter break which runs un­til January 20 when they visit mid-ta­ble Freiburg.

“We wanted to send out a sig­nal at the end of the year. It was the right sig­nal at the right time. It is al­ways im­por­tant for us to en­ter the winter break in first place,” Lahm said.

Coach Carlo Ancelotti has an all but full squad at his dis­posal at the camp un­til January 11 in Doha.

Only cen­tre back Jerome Boateng re­mains in Mu­nich as he re­cov­ers from chest surgery. Winger Kings­ley Co­man is in Qatar but will work in­di­vid­u­ally on his re­turn from a knee and an­kle in­jury.

Mean­while Ger­many at­tack­ing mid­fielder Ju­lian Draxler has fi­nalised his move from Wolfs­burg to Paris Saint-Ger­main by sign­ing a con­tract un­til 2021, the French league cham­pi­ons said.

The 27-times capped Draxler re­port­edly cost PSG 42 mil­lion eu­ros (R601 832 700) plus some pos­si­ble add-ons.

Both clubs had an­nounced the move on Christ­mas Eve but Draxler did not put pen to pa­per un­til Mon­day, PSG said.

Draxler said he joins PSG with “great joy and an­tic­i­pa­tion” and “will do ev­ery­thing to help Paris Saint-Ger­main win new tro­phies and con­tinue to grow in­ter­na­tion­ally.

“For the first time in my ca­reer, I’m go­ing to dis­cover a new coun­try, a new league, and I’m very proud to take this new step at a club which has be­come a bench­mark in Europe and has signed a lot of great play­ers in re­cent years,” Draxler said.

PSG chair­man Nasser Al-Khe­laifi said: “The trans­fer of this highly sought after Ger­many in­ter­na­tional re­con­firms just how at­trac­tive our club is to the world’s most tal­ented play­ers. He has all the qual­i­ties to play a ma­jor role in the club’s project and be­come a fan favourite.”

Draxler had sig­nalled at the start of the sea­son he wanted to leave Wolfs­burg only 18 months after join­ing from Bun­desliga club Schalke.

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