BAYERN TOUCH DOWN IN CHINA
BAYERN Munich landed in China yesterday for their preseason tour with the German giants already tipped to win a sixth straight Bundesliga title — five weeks before the new season starts.
Bayern touched down in Shanghai to start their tour of China and Singapore, with the new German league season to start on Friday, August 18.
They play Arsenal tomorrow and AC Milan on Saturday, then Chelsea on July 25 and Inter Milan on July 27.
As part of their preparations, the German giants have already won their first title — beating Werder Bremen 20 on Saturday to win a preseason fourteam tournament in Mönchengladbach.
The Bavarians have held an iron grip on the German league title for the last five seasons — and one of their rivals has already waved the white flag for 2017/18.
“I turned the television on Saturday and thought ‘well, that’s it then’ — this Bayern team is not going to be stopped. They already have the [league] title in the bag,” Martin Kind, president of newlypromoted Hanover 96, told German daily Bild.
Germany forward Thomas Müller, who captained Bayern in the absence of injured Manuel Neuer, scored and set up Juan Bernat’s goal in the final, but had a penalty saved.
New signings Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid, both shone in making their debuts in Bayern’s famous red shirt.
James particularly impressed on the right side of Bayern’s attack.
The Colombian sees the tour of Asia as a chance to settle into Bayern’s system.
James Rodriguez of Bayern Munich arrives with the team at Shanghai Pudong International Airport in China for the 2017 Audi Summer Tour yesterday. The Colombian sees the tour as a chance to settle into Bayern’s system of play.