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Tymo: It’ll be tough

Bayern stars wary of crisis club Schalke

Blizzard conditions prevail in Munich at the moment. Some 20 centimetres of snow blanketed the Bavarian capital on Wednesday night, making the journey to and from work on Thursday a tricky and time-consuming process for many citizens.

The Bayern stars have also had to adapt to the unseasonable conditions in daily training. “The chill certainly makes it much harder,” observed Franck Ribéry after Thursday’s workout. Long jogging pants, bobble hats and gloves are a must, “and they’re especially important at the start of each session,” the France international continued.

Tymo ‘used to the cold’

One of the few players not to wear headgear was Anatoliy Tymoshchuk. The Ukrainian laughed off the bitter temperatures. “We had minus 23 degrees in St. Petersburg,” said the 31-year-old, recalling life at his former club. A dusting of snow and temperatures only just below freezing are apparently no hindrance to the midfielder.

However, thanks to the undersoil heating and an incredible effort by the ground staff, the training pitch was largely free of ice and snow, and the players threw themselves into the workout at the Säbener Strasse with huge energy. “We’ve trained well the whole week and we’ve enjoyed ourselves,” reported Ribéry, as enthusiastic and determined as all his team-mates. It is certainly the right attitude as Bayern prepare to face Schalke away from home in the Bundesliga on Saturday.