Created on 14-01-2009 at 00:00 AM
The weather was kind to the Bayern playing and coaching staff on their first day back at the Säbener Strasse following the winter training camp in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Jeddah. After two weeks of bone-chilling temperatures in Munich, the thermometer rose above freezing on Wednesday afternoon, helping to alleviate the shock of returning from the sunny Persian Gulf. Some of the squad, Ribéry, Toni and Altintop among them, even trained in shorts.
Wednesday’s schedule included routines with the ball and the obligatory stamina-building exercises, although at the halfway point in the mid-season break – the squad retuned from vacation 12 days ago and the first competitive match is 13 days away – fitness will increasingly take a back seat. “After attending to the fundamentals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, footballing routines will become more important, although we will continue to work on conditioning,” Jürgen Klinsmann explained to fcbayern.de.
No let-up in intensity
The training schedule is tailored towards the first two matches of the second half of the 2008-9 campaign, the DFB Cup Round of 16 tie in Stuttgart on 27 January, and the official Bundesliga restart fixture away to Hamburger SV three days later. Before then, FCB will contest three further warm-up matches, away to Bamberg (Saturday), Kaiserslautern (Monday) and Mainz (Thursday).
“We’ll use these games to work on our movement, our co-ordination, and tactical elements such as pushing up as a team. We need to get back to doing these things automatically as soon as possible,” commented Klinsmann, who is determined to avoid a stuttering start to the rest of term. “We want to be more consistent for the whole of the second half of the season,” he declared.
Training will not suddenly become any less punishing over the next two weeks. “We’ll maintain the intensity we’ve had from the very first day right up until just prior to the Stuttgart trip,” the coach advised. “We want the lads to hit peak form immediately.”