Posted: Wednesday June 26, 2013 10:08 AM

Thousands expected for Pep's 1st Bayern training

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MUNICH (AP) -Some 25,000 Bayern Munich fans are expected for Pep Guardiola's first training session in charge of the team on Wednesday.

Such is the interest in seeing the 42-year-old Spanish coach in action, that Bayern has taken the unusual step of holding open training sessions at its 69,000-seat stadium on Wednesday and Thursday.

No more than 25,000 can attend on each day, however, due to restrictions caused by work on the local train line.

Former Barcelona coach Guardiola was to have most of his new squad available, including the German national team members, but excluding Brazilians Dante and Luiz Gustavo as well as Spain's Javi Martinez who are at the Confederations Cup.

Former Borussia Dortmund forward Mario Goetze is out with a muscle injury, defender Holger Badstuber is out long term with a cruciate injury, and Bastian Schweinsteiger was only to take part in light training after an operation on his foot.

"I have to get used to the players and the opponents as soon as possible,'' Guardiola said at his presentation to the media on Monday.

"I hope to maintain the level of the side from last season,'' he added, referring to Bayern's Champions League, Bundesliga and German Cup triumphs.

Guardiola won the Champions League, Spanish league and Copa del Rey in his debut season as Barcelona coach after taking over from the club's reserve side.

He led Barca to 14 titles out of a possible 19 during his four years in charge, including the Champions League in 2009 and 2011, before a one-year sabbatical from football last season.

 
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