English Premiership

Bastian missed at Oktoberfest visit

2015-10-01 11:42
Bastian Schweinsteiger (Getty Images)

Berlin - Bayern Munich toasted their impressive start to the season with their annual visit to Oktoberfest on Wednesday - but Bastian Schweinsteiger was a missing figure.

Bayern's star-studded squad and their partners turned out in their best lederhosen and dirndl (dresses) to sip huge glasses of frothy beer at Munich's annual bumper beer festival.

But captain Philipp Lahm admitted he was feeling the absence of his ex-Bayern and Germany team-mate Schweinsteiger following the defensive midfielder's move to Manchester United in July.

"It's when you go to Oktoberfest that you really notice that he's no longer here," Lahm told broadcaster Sport1.

"He was always very well dressed, as you'd expect from someone who grew up in Bavaria.

"I've certainly missed him, but in all honesty he wasn't really a beer drinker," Lahm added with a grin.

While the squad all posed for pictures with full glasses in their hand, little was drunk as they prepare for Sunday's top-of-the-table clash against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

"We'll enjoy a few beers, but no one is going to cut lose," said Bayern forward Thomas Muller.

Bayern have won all seven of their opening Bundesliga games this season, while Dortmund lag four points behind after drawing both of their last two league games.

Bayern's ex-Dortmund striker Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in Tuesday's 5-0 rout of Dinamo Zagreb which left Pep Guardiola's side top of their Champions League group after two games, and wants more goals against his former club.

"We need to stay focused, if we lose our concentration it'll be over for us," said Lewandowski.

"I always want to score more goals, we're playing at home and we want to win."


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