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Indian team getting ready to take on Bayern Munich

Baichung Bhutia and Jeje Lalpekhlua at India training

The Indian national team is preparing itself for the upcoming “Audi Football Summit” against German giants FC Bayern Munich. India coach Savio Medeira conducted a training session at the Ambedkar Stadium today.

The conditions were cold and uncomfortable, when the Indian team led by legendary Baichung Bhutia entered the pitch of the Ambedkar Stadium. Baichung & co started with some warm-up exercises, before the players continued with further training.

India coach Savio Medeira divided his squad into two teams, which faced each other in a practise match. Savio was able to get an impression of his players, who came together for the first time since winning the SAFF Championship 2011 in December.

But all eyes were focused on Baichung Bhutia and the question about his fitness level. “I am mentally fit and prepared. But in terms of physical fitness I am not 100% in the sense required to play against a top international side like Bayern Munich. But I will give my best,” Baichung told after the training session.

Talking about the upcoming against the Bundesliga outfit, Baichung said: “You cannot compare the Indian team with Bayern Munich. They are as good as the German national team. But it’s an opportunity for the players to know how much they need to work on to take themselves to the level of top international players.”

“For me, it is just enjoying my last match and enjoying the moment. International players normally retire during a tournament or an international match but that did not happen for me due to injury. But I feel honoured to play my farewell match against a top side like Bayern Munich,” Baichung added.

“It’s a very emotional moment for me. I enjoyed my 16 years of career with the national team. Obviously it feels good to be back for one last time,” Baichung concluded.

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