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Bayern plough on through snow and wind

Postby FCBayernNews » Tue Mar 20, 2007 6:50 pm

20.03.2007

A glorious spell of spring weather has been followed by a return to wintry conditions in Munich, as temperatures hovering around freezing and light snowfall welcoming the Bayern squad to the training ground on Tuesday morning after a day and a half off.

Ottmar Hitzfeld and his assistant Michael Henke have scheduled seven training sessions over the next four days as they seek to make the best of a situation in which nine players are absent on international duty. "We'll use the time to work on a few specifics," Henke revealed to <b>fcbayern.de</b>.

<b>Fitness, technique, tactics</b>

Following a brief warm-up in the weights room, Henke supervised an hour's worth of work on the players' stamina. "We're concentrating on the basics. We're looking to optimise our physical shape, which is good in any case," the assistant boss explained. There would be a certain point at which further improvement would require disproportionate effort, so the coaching staff also plan indoor workouts, either on the weights or in the on-site sports hall.

Alongside fitness training, another focus will be individual and multiple-player tactical moves, including such staples of the coaching catalogue as "defence against attack".

<b>Often too slow</b>

"We want to keep working on our tackling," Henke continued, "it's an area where we can still improve." By practising one-on-one or two-on-one situations, individual stars can improve their ability ready for the forthcoming Bundesliga run-in, and especially the Champions League double-header against bogey team AC Milan.

Last but by no means least, Hitzfeld and Henke will cast an eye over their players' technique. "We're very keen to work on our passing game," Henke revealed. Bayern's high-tempo short passing moves worked well against Real Madrid and Bremen, "but we were often far too slow in Frankfurt."

<b>Weekend off as reward</b>

The coaches believe a fast and precise passing style is the key to unlock packed defences such as that expertly practised by Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The week promises plenty of work for Hitzfeld and Henke, although the players will be rewarded for an intensive spell of training with a weekend off.
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