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Midweek practice match with many facets

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:00 pm

Wednesday's squad workout at the Säbener Strasse featured an example of extraordinary dedication and commitment to a cause, as one fan made a journey of no less than 600 kilometres just to watch US star Landon Donovan, currently keeping fit as a guest at Bayern until the end of the week. Landon repaid his personal fan club with both goals in a full-up practice match between the senior squad and the third division reserves.

"Landon has made an excellent impression," coach Jürgen Klinsmann told fcbayern.de after watching the attacker for the last nine days. "He was well-received in the dressing room too, because he's a great lad." The US international has also helped keep the numbers up at a time when almost half the first-team squad is away with their national teams.

Ten FCB men are not in town right now, and with three further players (Sagnol, Altintop, Lucio) unfit to train, Klinsmann was unable to field a full eleven-man side for the game. To make matters worse, Tim Borowski picked up a minor injury during the match and broke off the session as a precaution, although Klinsmann is expecting the midfielder to be fit for Saturday's home meeting with Energie Cottbus. The senior line-up thus included three youngsters from the reserves (Yilmaz, Ekici, Bopp).testDespite the improvised nature of the workout, Klinsmann was satisfied afterwards. Just as in a similar practice match a week ago, the exercise fulfilled a number of goals. "Games like this are genuinely important for players who don't see too much match action, like Breno or Hans Jörg Butt. We need them to maintain their rhythm by taking part in a proper competitive encounter using the whole field," the coach explained.

The match also served tactical purposes. "We've worked on pushing up all the way to the halfway line as fast as possible, making sure we never drop too deep, so we keep the different areas of the team close together," commented Klinsmann, who had also ordered his men "to move as a unit from side to side, and then spread the play wide as soon as we come into possession."

Much-needed break for Lucio

The incidental benefits of the session included another dose of match practice for Philipp Lahm. "It's part of his continuing recovery from injury," Klinsmann advised. Furthermore, the second-string youngsters had an opportunity to shine in front of the head coach. "It gives me a good look at Hermann Gerland's lads," the former striker explained.

Although Lucio pulled out of international duty with Brazil and spent Wednesday in the weights room, Klinsmann expects the defender to be fit for the weekend. "It's important for him to take a break and shake off all the niggling problems which have been stacking up," the coach said. The Brazilian is set to resume the squad programme on Thursday.
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