BAYERN TO GIVE SPECIAL FAREWELL TO LAHM AND ALONSO

Bayern Munich head coach Carlo Ancelotti has promised Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso the chance for a special farewell in Saturday’s Bundesliga match with Freiburg.

The experienced duo will retire from playing after this weekend’s round of matches, bringing to an end two illustrious careers which have seen them win a collective total of 39 major trophies for club and country.

Ancelotti says the final training session with Lahm and Alonso was an emotional experience and is preparing to start them against Freiburg before substituting them late on to give the Allianz Arena crowd the chance to pay tribute.

Lahm has been tipped to take on a non-playing role at Bayern in future, while Alonso has also been backed to stay in football, and Ancelotti says both men would make excellent coaches if they chose to pursue that path.

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