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Hans Jörg Butt:

‘Our rivalry is limited to the football pitch’

Whenever Hans Jörg Butt took possession of the ball on Thursday morning, it was dangerous – especially for the watching public, as the FCB number two keeper’s shooting was a trifle wayward to say the least. However, the only victim was a window blind on the outside of the ServiceCenter, and the shot-stopper personally repaired the minor damage after the training session.

Following a doping control, a shower and lunch, Butt himself became a target when he sat down to face questions from fcbayern.de. The 34-year-old, a summer arrival at the club from Benfica, reviewed his first six months at Bayern, discussed his approach to the number two job, and explained his relationship with Michael Rensing.

Interview: Hans Jörg Butt

fcbayern.de: Jörg, you’re halfway through winter training. How’s it going?
Butt: “Very well. We’ve worked hard and I feel fit, although most of the training methods here are new to me.“

fcbayern.de: In what way?
Butt: “We’ve done far fewer long stamina-building runs than I’m used to, working much harder on footballing aspects. After all, you’re always changing pace during a match. I saw this trend when I was with Leverkusen and Lisbon, but it’s been optimised here at Bayern. I used to do practically all the runs with the squad, but the exercises here are much more focused on specific goalkeeper needs. For example, we’ve worked intensively on our reactions. I think it’s really, really good. Now I can’t wait for the action to restart. It’ll be exciting and demanding for all of us.“

fcbayern.de: How would you assess your first six months in Munich?
Butt: “I’ve settled very fast. The family found a house nice and quickly, and we’re extremely happy here in Munich. In sporting terms, the team’s developed well after a tough start. So it’s very positive, although obviously I’d have liked more games.“

fcbayern.de: You’ve only played in friendlies so far. How much are you looking forward to your first competitive outing?
Butt: “More and more with every passing week. It’s not easy, as I’ve always been the number one before, but this is different and a challenge. You have to be ready at all times, without knowing when the day might come.“

fcbayern.de: How do you stay motivated?
Butt: “I’m at the very best club in Germany, so every training session is a challenge, the quality is incredibly high, and I’ve never seen such a balanced squad. I think we could be very successful in the near future. And I’m certain my time will come.“