Temperatures are forecast to plummet, but Carlo Ancelotti wants his Bayern Munich to turn up the heat at icy Freiburg on Friday when the Bundesliga resumes after the winter break.
The Bundesliga resumes in Arctic conditions
Temperatures are set to dip as low as minus nine degrees Celsius (15.8 Fahrenheit) for kick-off at Freiburg's Schwarzwald Stadium when the German league resumes after the four-week break. Bayern lost on their last appearance at Freiburg, who stunned the visitors' then-coach Pep Guardiola with a 2-1 win in May 2015 and Ancelotti wants no repeat. Back then, Bayern had already won the league and Freiburg were fighting to avoid the relegation which eventually saw them spend last season in the second division.
Chasing a fifth league title on the bounce
Fast forward 20 months and Bayern arrive in south-west Germany three points clear at the top of the Bundesliga. They are chasing a fifth straight league title to extend their record dominance of Germany's top flight. Ancelotti is in no mood to let low temperatures be a factor.
"We're in a good physical and mental state"
'It will be cold - for us, but also for Freiburg. There is no advantage for either team,' said the Italian.,'It will be a difficult game with a high intensity. Freiburg are a good team, but I am happy with how we have trained in the break, we're in a good physical and mental state. We've worked hard to be ready, I have a good feeling for tomorrow.'