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Stars go to work on sprinting and pace

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:45 pm

14.03.2007

Ottmar Hitzfeld chose the best available position to observe Wednesday morning training, enjoying the warm spring sunshine from a wooden bench on the perimeter of the Säbener Strasse training ground. Relaxation was the last thing on the players' minds however, as fitness coach Oliver Schmidtlein (picture) brought sweat to the stars' brows.

Schmidtlein divided the squad into three groups for a session devoted to pace, sprinting and instantaneous reactions. "You've got to be able to explode during a match and cover short distances at exceptional speed," head coach Hitzfeld explained later.

<b>Reminiscent of Germany</b>

The routines involving weights, elastic ropes, medicine balls and low hurdles were nothing new, as Schmidtlein has frequently brought out the same equipment in recent weeks. The Germany internationals at the club are especially familiar with the coach's techniques, as he is also involved at the national level.

"These exercises helped us as a national team, and it'll help us here too," Philipp Lahm observed. "Oliver Schmidtlein's success with Germany is no accident, and we can always use successful people here," Hitzfeld added.

<b>Fresh impetus</b>

The General made Schmidtlein's acquaintance in his first spell at the helm. "He's a dedicated specialist. In my opinion, Germany have simply adopted the methods Oliver Schmidtlein perfected here at Bayern," the coach summarised.

Improved freshness and alertness have been a hallmark of Hitzfeld's brief tenure since February, although those praiseworthy qualities could not be applied to every single first-teamer on Wednesday.

<b>Concern over Kahn</b>

Oliver Kahn is struggling with a back injury sustained on Sunday and was restricted to a 20 minute jog. Hitzfeld described the captain as "extremely doubtful" for a return to team training on Thursday. "I hope he can resume on Friday. If not, he'll be out of action on Saturday."

Owen Hargreaves again sat out training on Wednesday with a persistent cold, although the head coach described the England man as "very likely" to rejoin the squad on Thursday. Finally, Mark van Bommel took part in the afternoon session after reporting to the doctor in the morning.
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