The Witness - - SPORT -

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.

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