Yesterdays, August 6, 2016 2016/17 team presentations of the FC Bayern Munich, named #FCBday1, has drawn mixed reactions from both German and international fans of the German Rekordmeister, tz.de reports today.
While most international fans of Munich’s Reds were pleased to hear their heroes, such as Philipp Lahm, Thomas Müller, Xabi Alonso and David Alaba live and in English language in a relaxed atmosphere, the same thing felt strange to German fans. But it wasn’t only the language issue which lead to a significant number of unfavourable social media reactions. The two hosts of the purposely late-night-show-style kept show, which has been streamed live worldwide at 2pm local time yesterday, Poet and Vuj also drew comments from unhappy German fans. Fan favourite Thomas Müller had to hold his hand over a crystal ball while answering questions regarding the upcoming season.
In other FCB news, Renato Sanches and Mats Hummels arrived in Munich on Thursday and Friday, reporting to the Säbener Strasse facility for pre-season preparation. Now the two new signings officially belong to the Bayern squad. Prior to Saturday's Allianz FC Bayern Team Presentation world champion Hummels and European champion Sanches were officially unveiled at the Allianz Arena.
“We're delighted that Mats is back, and we're convinced he'll fit in very well alongside Jérôme Boateng,” chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge commented on the return of FCB's home-grown product after eight years in Dortmund. Rummenigge was also pleased with the signing of Sanches: “You could see in the Euro finals what qualities he has despite his young age. He'll strengthen our midfield, and I'm convinced we'll benefit a lot from him.”
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti, who has had the full squad at his disposal since Friday, was also delighted to “welcome these two fantastic players.” FC Bayern have done “a fantastic job” in assembling the squad for the new season, praised Ancelotti. Rummenigge added: “We have a good mixture in the team. I hope we're well-positioned with regard to our squad.”
Hummels, who played at every level of FC Bayern's youth programme between 1995 and 2006 and made his senior debut at the Allianz Arena in 2007, felt immediately at home upon his return. “Many people have known me for years, it wasn't as if I had any problems integrating myself quickly. It's a very simple thing for me,” explained the Germany international. Sanches, who is only 18 years old, is equally convinced he will “settle in quickly. The club is superb, everyone's helping me.”