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Bayern work up a sweat

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jan 05, 2007 9:15 pm


Bayern’s players may have had two weeks to put their feet up, but that’s all over now. On Friday Bayern became the final Bundesliga side to begin preparations for the resumption of the Bundesliga three weeks away, when at 4 p.m. local time coach Felix Magath launched the Reds’ first training session following the Christmas break.

The venue was Dubai’s Al Ahli Stadium, barely 15 minutes by bus from the team’s hotel, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers – the same small stadium in which Ali Karimi used to play home matches before his transfer to Bayern. On his return the Iranian was repeatedly applauded by a group of around 50 local spectators in the stands as he took part in the training session.

<B>Scholl still on the treatment table</B>

Magath was delighted not just at the commitment and energy demonstrated by Karimi but at the efforts of all his players. “They look in good shape, which suggests they watched what they were eating over Christmas,” the coach noted a few hours before that start of training, impressed with the physical condition of his professionals. Nevertheless, he warned that there “won’t be any half-measures” in working on physical fitness over the coming days and weeks.

To begin with, though, the players were spared the fitness equipment. After a short discussion and a warm-up routine, Magath let the team play 10 against 11 for 70 minutes. Oliver Kahn took part in goalkeeping exercises with Sepp Maier, while the still convalescent Owen Hargreaves and Valérien Ismael jogged round the pitch a few times. The only absentee was Mehmet Scholl, who is still returning to fitness after tearing a muscle and remained back at the hotel for treatment.

<B>Not just a matter of fitness</B>

Meanwhile, Roy Makaay scored the first goal of the new year in the Al Ahli Stadium, while Daniel van Buyten was the first to test the strength of the woodwork. Mark van Bommel delivered a positive verdict from the first few hours in Dubai: “The ground and the hotel are excellent – everything is in place to give us the ideal preparation.” Magath wants to use the next three weeks leading up to the first competitive match not only to boost fitness levels but “to determine how the team best works together. That’s what preparation is for.”

He plans to “try things out” over four preparatory matches, including two in the Dubai Cup, to try to put right some of the deficiencies evident during the first half of the season. “We cannot be satisfied with the way we let in so many goals and scored so few ourselves,” Magath said. “Things have to improve.” The work has only begun.

<i>By Nikolaus Heindl for <b></B> in Dubai</i>
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