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Punishing workout for Schweinsteiger and Co

Bastian Schweinsteiger, Claudio Pizarro and Mitchell Weiser completed an arduous and demanding fitness workout at the Säbener Strasse on Monday morning, but still stayed behind to sign autographs for the hordes of kids and parents who had come to watch. “Bastian, Bastian," the fans chorused – and the FCB vice captain was beaming from ear to ear when he finally set off for the dressing room.

The player’s delight stemmed both from the supporters’ applause and a problem-free session out on the practice ground. Sweat poured in buckets as Schweinsteiger, Pizarro and Weiser worked out while the sun beat down. After tackling an obstacle course, stamina building runs and a series of sprints, the players completed a round of shooting practice, with Tom Starke and Lukas Raeder keeping goal. All in all, the session included a number of exercises replicating match situations.