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Heynckes' assistant leads Werder build-up

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Heynckes' assistant leads Werder build-up

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Nov 30, 2011 6:50 pm

Spring-like temperatures and glorious blue skies greeted the senior squad on Wednesday, as the players worked out at the Säbener Strasse training facility in readiness for Saturday's home Bundesliga meeting with Werder Bremen. Boss Jupp Heynckes was unable to supervise the session, as he is currently confined to bed with a nasty bout of flu.

Assistant coach Peter Herrmann took charge instead, as the stars returned from a day off and hurled themselves with gusto into a 100 minute workout. FCB have temporarily surrendered the lead in the standings following two defeats on the bounce, so Philipp Lahm and company are determined to give what director of sport Christian Nerlinger described as "the right reaction" when fourth-placed Bremen come to visit on Saturday.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is expecting the same thing. "It's essential, because then we can put an end to all the debate," the chairman said at an event in Munich on Wednesday. "We were absolutely in the groove until we played Dortmund. We've been magnificent both in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League, but we simply should have invested a great deal more effort in the last two league fixtures."

Rummenigge called for the team to resume its previous positive trend. "We still want to be top at Christmas, so there's no question we have to beat Bremen on Saturday," continued the chairman, urging the players to take a different approach compared to the defeats against Borussia Dortmund and Mainz. "If a match turns out not to be easy, you have to get stuck in and resist, tipping games like that in your favour with fighting spirit and desire."

With the exception of Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose recovery from a broken collarbone now includes running and work on the ball, assistant coach Herrmann took charge of the entire senior squad on Wednesday. Striker Mario Gomez took a nasty bang to the shin in a tussle with Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and broke off the session as a precaution, but the goal-getter is not rated doubtful for Saturday.

Arjen Robben, who remained on the bench in Mainz with a minor fitness problem, completed the team session and should be fit to face the northerners. Tymoshchuk, who is suspended in the Bundesliga, joined a group of second-string players including Nils Petersen and Diego Contento in the afternoon for a second session focused on passing, crossing and shooting.
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