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Positive start

Boss detects ‘deep desire’ and ‘enthusiasm’

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A fortnight off has clearly done Jupp Heynckes the world of good. The Bayern boss, who arrived with his men in Doha on Wednesday for a seven-day training camp, is buzzing with energy and intent. “We're working away with great enthusiasm and enjoyment. Everyone's really motivated," the 67-year-old told the 40-strong travelling press corps on Thursday, “we're utterly determined to win the league this season."

Matthias Sammer, who himself broke sweat in the morning workout under the Qatari sunshine, also spoke of positive initial impressions. “I see intensity and focus," the board member for sport told, although he repeated an earlier appeal to the players: “This is no time for sitting back and protecting what we have. It's time to kick on."

To that end, the squad will in fact train three times on two of the days in Doha. In addition to the scheduled two sessions on the training ground, stamina building exercise will take place at 7.45 in the morning. “We're not taking any notice of our outstanding first half of the season," Heynckes explained, although he conceded his men had played “exceptional football."