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Boateng: This is a very, very strong team

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:20 pm

It was a filthy day on Friday in Munich, with pouring rain and the kind of temperatures more associated with late autumn. That failed to bother the majority of the Bayern stars, as they made the most of a day off following the LIGA total! Cup. However, David Alaba and new signing Jerome Boateng voluntarily reported to assistant coaches Peter Hermann and Hermann Gerland for extra training.

The workout comprised a series of exercises to build stamina and pace. After 60 punishing minutes, Alaba and Boateng made their way tired but satisfied to the dressing room. A little later, Germany international Jerome spoke to fcbayern.de about his current fitness levels, and his first impressions of the Munich club.

Interview: Jerome Boateng

fcbayern.de: Jerome, you've broken sweat in the pouring rain this morning. How are you feeling?
Jerome Boateng: As you'd expect, I'm knackered now. But it's done me good, and it's what I need!

How are your fitness levels at the moment?
Naturally, I'm a little behind the others, because I hadn't trained much before leaving Manchester City. All we did in Los Angeles were a couple of performance benchmarking tests, but the lads here had already spent a week at the Trentino training camp. I'm now trying to catch up as quickly as I can, so I can help the team as soon as possible.

The highlight of the coming week is the AUDI Cup at the Allianz Arena. What are you expecting from the tournament?
I'm really looking forward to coming up against the likes of AC Milan and Barcelona. I've joined Bayern, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and you want to test yourself against the best. We certainly need fear no-one.

A week has passed since the announcement that you were definitely joining Bayern. What are your first impressions of the club?
It's all brilliantly organised and much bigger than the set-up in Manchester. Everything is made really easy for the players here. We have perfect conditions for the best possible training, and for delivering top performances.

How have you been received by your new team-mates?
They've all been really nice. I knew a few of them from playing for Germany. It's only this Austrian, David Alaba, I just don't understand his dialect [Alaba is sitting next to Boateng, both laugh loudly].

Bayern have signed a number of new faces this summer. How would you assess the quality in the squad?
We have a very, very strong team. The task now is to integrate the new players, and make sure the different sections of the team work together smoothly. That'll take a little more time, but the players who've been around for a while are doing their best to help the newcomers.

What would you say are your new boss Jupp Heynckes' main attributes?
He has extraordinary experience, part of which he's picked up from working abroad. He knows exactly how to deal with all the different types of player. And he always picks the right tone for his team talks. I particularly like that, I must say.
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Re: Boateng: This is a very, very strong team

Postby quaazi » Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:06 pm

I know this is a Boateng interview thread, but... I can't help but get the feeling that Alaba will be the future soul of the team. Ribery and Boateng already seem to like him, he is showing a lot of influence on the pitch for such a young age and he's tied his future to the club on more than one occasion. I'm really starting to like him.
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Re: Boateng: This is a very, very strong team

Postby tflags » Sun Jul 24, 2011 1:25 pm

[continuedofftopic]His goal scoring record on preseason is not bad either... Hope he continues this run[/]
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Re: Boateng: This is a very, very strong team

Postby Element » Sun Jul 24, 2011 4:30 pm

FCBayernNews wrote:They've all been really nice. I knew a few of them from playing for Germany. It's only this Austrian, David Alaba, I just don't understand his dialect [Alaba is sitting next to Boateng, both laugh loudly].

Hahahaha

Imagine if we actually signed Lichtsteiner (Swiss)

Boateng would hire a translator :P
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