"I can't get to sleep last night because I was so excited," The 43-year-old swimming fanatic said. "And I was not the only one - every one of our online group was awake late at night, cheering each other up for today's event."
The reigning German Champion decided to stick to its successful squad and only go for replacements. "It is striking that Bayern wouldn't have made transfers like this in normal times," Rangnick added.
The 38-year-old Bekele won the Berlin Marathon last year in 2:01:41, only two seconds short of Kipchoge's world record, which he set on the same course in 2018.
Edin Dzeko wasted a good opportunity in the 21st minute as the hitman sprung the offside trap but ballooned it over the bar.
The Czech player found rhythm just in time to win nine consecutive games to finally secure her 90th career main draw victory on clay.
"It wasn't easy at all. Our defence performance wasn't Bayern-like today but we showed great mentality and that is why we reaped all three points," Bayern head coach Hansi Flick said.
Also absent will be representatives from Oriente Petrolero, due to bickering between club officials and the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF).
A fierce battle ensued in the final 10 minutes. Zhang Ru made a three-pointer as Henan pulled the score back to 68-72 heading to the final minute, but they could not complete the comeback, as Shanxi sealed the win with free throws.
Le Fondre said he enjoyed his time with the club and in Australia.
Lo Celso did not train with his Albiceleste teammates on Monday after failing to recover from the muscle strain that kept him out of Tottenham's 6-1 victory at Manchester United on Sunday.
Dongguan scored 10 points in a row early in the first quarter, before Zhejiang responded with the same scoring run through consecutive layups and foul shots, leading 20-17 at the end of the quarter.