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By ESPN Staff
Jul 2, 2008

Klinsmann looking forward to early tests

Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann is relishing the challenge ahead after his team were handed a tough start to the new Bundesliga campaign.

Bayern will begin the defence of their title with a home match against Hamburg, who finished fourth last season, before travelling to arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund in week two.

And former Germany boss Klinsmann, who officially started his new job on July 1, is excited about a testing opening few weeks.

'We're delighted about starting with some really stern tests,' said the 43-year-old on the club's website.

The former Bayern striker was unveiled as the replacement for the outgoing Ottmar Hitzfeld in January and Klinsmann is delighted to finally get started in his new role.

He said: 'The new coaching staff and I are really excited and looking forward to it. We've put together a genuinely top-class coaching team with an incredible amount of energy, it's going to be hugely enjoyable.'

After leading Germany to the World Cup semi-finals in 2006, Klinsmann is no stranger to handling pressure and knows what is expected of him at the Allianz-Arena.

'We're proud expectations are running so high,' he added. 'Bayern are one of the world's elite clubs, that's the standard we have to set ourselves. Our goals are easily stated: we want to end the season with trophies.'

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