A generation ago when Lothar Matthaus was winning titles with Bayern Munich, the weather would navigate where the team would train during the preseason & midseason break.
He stated that, “We would stay in Germany, in the summer. In the winter break, we had the training sessions somewhere in Italy, in Spain and sometimes in the Middle East. But never in Asia or North America.”
That is no longer the case. In order to meet the needs of ballooning payrolls biggest teams of soccer to be competitive, now clubs must spend part of their summer meeting fans, chasing sponsors, and raising funds in distant markets which explains why a club in Germany will be playing an English one Wednesday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.
The match between winners of the last 7 German titles, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal, which is a Europa League finalist last season, is part of the 7th International Champions Cup, a countrywide series of 11 preseason friendlies featuring 7 incredible European teams. To give the teams maximum visibility in a minimal amount of time the schedule is arranged accordingly, the main reason why the Bayern players initiated a lengthy round of media interviews at their Beverly Hills hotel Monday evening soon after climbing off a twelve-hour flight from Germany.
Thomas Mueller stated that it was a long trip. Questioned if he would have preferred to spend the preseason in Munich instead of playing a grueling stretch of three games in 4 states in 7 days Mueller, vice-captain of Bayerns, passed a smile and shrugged.
There wasn’t an option, he stated. But think the team is contented with it. It is always exciting to come to the United States. These ICC games in the preseason are always nice to play because you love to play against the big teams.