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FCB delighted with 'top-class' training camp

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Jul 10, 2011 5:40 pm

What would he be taking away with him, Jupp Heynckes was asked at the end of the training camp in Trentino. "A couple of bottles of wine, red and white," the FCB head coach shot back, a wide smile on his lips. His good mood reflected that of the entire Bayern camp after the seven-day stay on the shores of Lake Garda, where the feelgood factor was ever-present despite the demanding training schedule. "The extent and the intensity of what we did was unusual," commented Heynckes, "my summary is very positive. It was a top-class training camp. I believe we've successfully laid the initial foundations for the season."

With temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius at times, the ten formal training sessions in the picturesque mountain setting were sweaty affairs. "Every session went well," Heynckes reported. Fitness was the main priority, because time is short. "We have only four weeks of pre-season, and then we're straight into a packed programme," the coach said, noting that the Champions League qualifiers meant there would be almost no room for fitness work in August. "So we had to lay the foundations here."

However, the playing and coaching staff also worked on positioning and organisation. "Up front, we have creativity, ideas and class. We always think of something there, but we need to work on what we lack," said the coach, specifically pointing at how Bayern react to losing possession. "Defending has to be done by the whole team, and our defence will be more stable," the coach stated.

Excellent pre-season

The two friendly victories, 15-0 against a Trentino Regional XI and 4-2 against the Qatar national team, were mainly important as exercises in building fitness and practising pressing and positional flexibility. "It's been a very intense week, and I'm very pleased," said Christian Nerlinger. "All the players are determined and willing," added Heynckes.

Despite the aches, pains and strains of pre-season, the mood away from the practice ground was excellent too. The players and the coaching staff grew together through mountain biking and boat trips, poker and table tennis. "Our new arrivals have settled in really well, in training and within the group," commented Heynckes. Captain Philipp Lahm agreed: "It was a good start, very different from last year." A large number of the club's internationals missed the training camp 12 months ago, "but we're all together from the start this time, and we're well prepared."

Widespread delight

The training programme restarts on Monday in Munich. "Training will be hard and intensive again next week," Heynckes warned. The Munich party left the Du Lac et du Parc hotel in Riva del Garda, "where they met all our wishes just by reading our lips," Heynckes smiled, with happy memories and upbeat spirits. "Training well equals playing well," concluded the boss, who arrived home not only with a couple of bottles of wine, but also with a healthy dose of confidence.
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