Bayern working on more chances at training camp
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.