Created on 03-07-2013 at 00:00 AM
On Wednesday lunchtime, the Bayern team bus provided the vanguard to this season’s summer training camp in Trentino as it set off from Munich via the Brenner pass to Riva del Garda. No players were on board, as the vehicle was simply transporting the training equipment to the north shore of Lake Garda, but the squad and coaching staff will arrive for the week-long workout on Thursday lunchtime.
As always, it will be intense and the sweat will pour as the treble winners visit the Trentino region in pre-season for the fourth year in a row. “It's a wonderful location where we can work extremely hard but also in peace and quiet, so we can do what the coach wants as soon as possible in terms of tactics," Xherdan Shaqiri told FCB.tv. It is also an excellent opportunity for the coaches and the players to develop the necessary team spirit: “It’ll definitely be a great week," the Swiss international declared.
But it will also be demanding and physically punishing, because the picturesque region typically experiences temperatures of around 30°C at this time of year – and that's in the shade. “It'll be very warm, so we'll certainly sweat a bit," deadpanned Thomas Müller. The programme generally comprises two training sessions per day, and also includes two warm-up matches, the Paulaner Cup on Friday 5 July, and a meeting with Italian second division outfit Brescia Calcio on Tuesday 9 July.
Injured players also included
The heart of the training camp is the stadium in Arco, a 10 minute bus ride from the team hotel. There has never been greater media interest than this year, with some 140 reporters from Germany and overseas seeking accreditation. Admission to the open training sessions is free.
Boss Pep Guardiola has elected to bring with him all the players who have already returned from vacation, including injured trio Mario Götze (ruptured muscle), Holger Badstuber (cruciate) and Bastian Schweinsteiger (foot surgery), who will pursue sports rehabilitation programs. “I think I'll be continuing with my special training program, but still be with the squad. It'll help with the settling in process," commented new arrival Götze, who is hoping to begin running during the stay in Trentino.
Robben still to come
The junior players who have been making up the numbers since training restarted last week are also part of the party for northern Italy. Arjen Robben will join up with the squad during the week, but Dante, Luiz Gustavo and Javi Martinez, who have only just commenced their summer vacations after the Confederations Cup, are excused the training camp this year.
The stay in Trentino ends on the morning of Friday 12 July, but before the squad returns to Munich, FCB play two further friendlies, against Sonnenhof-Großaspach on 13 July, and Hansa Rostock the following day. By the time the stars do make it home, they will be nothing if not heavy legged.