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FCB squad weary but extremely satisfied

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:30 am

The Lufthansa charter flight bearing the Bayern party touched down in Munich early on Wednesday morning after around eight hours in the air. It marked the end of an exceptionally positive nine-day training camp in Doha, with a final excursion to New Delhi. The players were visibly weary as they waited to pick up their luggage at around 5.30 in the morning, but that was hardly surprising after a punishing training schedule, exacerbated by the inevitable jetlag.

"We're all very tired, but that's completely normal after our hard programme," head coach Jupp Heynckes informed FCB.tv. However, the players only have a brief period of recovery now, as Heynckes has ordered them back to the Säbener Strasse this Thursday afternoon, albeit for a relatively light training session. The coach explained that he did not want to hand his man two consecutive days off during the mid-season period.

The squad will then train twice on Friday and in the morning on Saturday, before contesting the final friendly of the winter period in Erfurt on Sunday. "It's another very important test," the coach said. The following week will be spent entirely focused on Borussia Mönchengladbach, Bayern's first opponents in the second half of the season on 20 January.

The stars and the coaching staff have spent the last week in Qatar and India working on the foundations for success in 2012. "It's been an outstanding training camp," confirmed Heynckes. The coach is especially pleased with the "intensive" efforts put in by his men on tactics, passing and positional play, attacking moves and defensive organisation.

Energy-sapping effort

Christian Nerlinger also described the mid-season period so far as "very positive. All the players are healthy and fit. We've laid excellent foundations, and we're correspondingly well-prepared." That was certainly confirmed by the four friendly run-outs during the camp, all of which were comfortably won by the men in red. However, the results were of secondary importance compared to the flowing and spirited play generally on display from the Bundesliga side.

That was again evident in the 4-0 victory over the Indian national team on Tuesday, in the first half at least. "We scored some wonderful goals," commented Heynckes, although he confessed he had been expecting more of the same in the second half. "But it was obvious we'd run out of fuel. Overall, we've worked very hard and I'm extremely satisfied."

Due to the tightly-packed schedule, the playing, coaching and support staff hardly had a chance to take in anything of the "completely different world" in India, as Heynckes remarked. Director of sport Nerlinger felt the brief stop in the subcontinent had been a rousing success: "Audi organised everything outstandingly well, and conditions for us were perfect."

The key goals for the next few days are for the players to recharge their batteries, top up their metaphorical fuel levels, and work on the last remaining details. "We'll return to training with a close eye for the finer points and total commitment," Heynckes promised. It is all geared towards a successful end to the 2011/12 campaign.
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Re: FCB squad weary but extremely satisfied

Postby lau03143 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 1:48 pm

I don't really see the point in going to India to play. Surely the training and games played in Doha was enough, especially with a very congested few months ahead!

I understand it was for commercial reasons, but surely that could have been done in a pre-season tour. (Though I suspect the European Championships would have had something to do with it being in the Winter break).
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