Football: Guardiola's Bayern ready to fight for places
BERLIN (AFP) - New coach Pep Guardiola will take European champions Bayern Munich to their pre-season training camp in north Italy on Thursday with a fierce fight for places expected, as well as uncertainty over Mario Gomez's future.
Guardiola, 42, took over from predecessor Jupp Heynckes as Bayern coach last week and after 10 days getting to know his squad, the ex-Barcelona boss takes them to Lake Garda for a week ahead of the new season kick-off on Aug 9.
Under Heynckes, Bayern became the first German club to win the treble of European, league and cup titles but the players will not be resting on their laurels next season.
"The competition is as tough as ever," said Germany winger Thomas Mueller, while director of sport Matthias Sammer said everyone is starting "from scratch" with tempers expected to be frayed.