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'You sense we can win things'

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:15 pm

On day four of the Dubai training camp, Louis van Gaal handed his weary men the morning off and the chance to catch up on some sleep. However, some members of the party were up and about early on Thursday morning. Director of sport Christian Nerlinger, keeper Jörg Butt, physios Gerry Hoffmann and Stephan Weickert, and sports psychologist Philipp Laux met up at nine with the aim of visiting the world's tallest building.

"It's very impressive, and aesthetically pleasing too," said Nerlinger, admiring the 828m tall tower, renamed Burj Khalifa at the official opening ceremony last Monday, as it glittered in the morning sun. The edifice contains a hotel, luxury apartments and offices - and a viewing platform, of course. The FCB group made their way up to the 124th floor for that very purpose.

"The players have already told me how pleased they are that the coach isn't Felix Magath," Nerlinger grinned. The former Bayern boss is infamous for ordering his players up and down stairs as a form of fitness exercise. "This would have been a fantastic challenge for him," said Nerlinger. In Magath's absence, the party opted for the lift, and reached the viewing level in around 60 seconds.

At a height of some 450 metres, the men from Munich surveyed the breathtaking view. The unmistakeable sail-shaped Burj al Arab luxury hotel and the artificial islands known as "The World" loomed large through the morning mist, and the Dubai skyline seemed close enough to reach down and touch. Directly below, the team hotel and its associated site looked like a model village.

Liberated and relaxed

The group's gaze was inevitably drawn to distant horizons - and thoughts of a sporting nature followed suit. "You sense we could win things this year," Nerlinger said as he reflected on the training camp so far. "It's very enjoyable watching the lads train. They're focusing on their work, and they're laughing a lot away from the field too," the official reported.

The 36-year-old feels the run of six wins on the bounce in the period before Christmas had done everyone involved the power of good: "We harvested the fruits of our labours, it was proof of progress, and it showed the team in a very good light. It was liberating, and took the pressure off everyone involved." The club already has its eyes on the trophies available to win at the end of the campaign. "I'm one hundred percent convinced we have what it takes for great success," Nerlinger declared.

Squad solutions

In Franck Ribéry, Bayern even have another ace up their sleeves. The Frenchman has missed most of the season so far, and has been unable to train with the squad in Dubai due to bruised toes, but Nerlinger declared himself "very relaxed. I'm delighted we've managed him through his knee injury. It was a persistent, difficult injury, and the outcome was hard to predict. These are just minor things now." Ribéry is set to resume the squad programme "in a day or two," the former midfielder observed.

Nerlinger is also dealing with the situation caused by the departures of Alexander Baumjohann and Andreas Ottl, which has left FCB with only 11 nominally German players rather than the dozen prescribed by the German Football League (DFL). "Naturally, we were aware of the problem, and we have a solution to hand. We'll get into the details a few days from now."

Chance for youth

The director of sport has categorically ruled out any further signings this winter, so the likely answer will be the promotion of one or both of talented reserves Diego Contento and Mehmet Ekici, who are in Dubai with the senior party. For the youngsters and for the team as a whole, the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa offers a wonderful perspective.
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Re: 'You sense we can win things'

Postby eddinanM3 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:21 am

It will be interesting to see who LVG chooses to include with the senior squad and if they get any minutes in the near future. Hopefully the form we had before the winter break will carry over to the spring and put us in the position to win some silverware this season, which is what everyone wants.
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