‘We want to put on a good show for the crowd’
The restart fixture against Greuther Fürth is just a matter of days away, and you can feel the sense of anticipation at Bayern. Wednesday’s training session at the Säbener Strasse was a case in point: every loose ball was fought over, and no player shirked a tackle. Following the 90-minute workout, Jupp Heynckes checked over a few free-kick routines with a selected group of players.
After the morning session, first-choice centre-back Dante stopped by for a brief chat with fcbayern.de. As the Brazilian confirmed, the dressing room can hardly wait for the first competitive fixture of 2013. However, the defender warned, there are still a few areas still to be fine-tuned in the short time remaining until Saturday.
fcbayern.de: Dante, it was 25 degrees Celsius in Doha, but it’s freezing here in Munich. How do you Brazilians cope?
Dante: It’s not a problem for me. I’m almost German by now anyway (laughs). But seriously, the huge difference in temperatures really does take some getting used to. It’s not at all easy. Whatever, there’s no use in complaining, we just have to get on with it.
You had two friendly matches last weekend, and you’re deep into the last week of training before the Bundesliga restart. Are the players ready for the second half of the season?
Overall, the work we’ve done has been very good, I’m absolutely sure of that. But as we saw in the friendly matches, we still have a few things to do. We need to improve in switching from defence to attack, we have to be more aggressive, and we need to be mentally sharper and even more determined.
Fürth are currently bottom of the table. What will be the critical factors on Saturday?
The decisive factor will be for us to focus and concentrate hard. Fürth are battling relegation. It’ll be a tricky match, because they’ll fight for their lives and try to hit us on the break. We’ll have to be wide awake, because we want to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Are you looking forward to the Bundesliga restart game?
Oh yes! I’m incredibly happy we’re about to get going again at last. I don’t enjoy the summer and winter breaks, I need competitive action. I hope we start well, and put on another good show for the Allianz Arena crowd.