Pros 22.07.2021 — 15:27 Uhr


Pressing, playing against the ball, tackling: the 05 head coach defines the focus of the coming days - he places particular emphasis on one aspect of the training work.


The 05 players have been in the summer training camp in the Austrian sun for a good 24 hours. On day one after their arrival, as announced by the coach in advance, things have been getting busy on the training pitch in Schwoich since Wednesday morning. Bo Svensson tightens the reins and explains that he wants to set new impulses from unit to unit. The highest intensity - that was hard to miss on Wednesday morning - in all forms of exercise is the motto, as he confirmed after the 90-minute morning session. After all, the Dane said, the training should reflect what "we want to see on the pitch in the games".

The Zerofivers' main focus in the morning was "a lot of pressing, playing against the ball", as the 41-year-old explained during his first media round on site. "Our focus" - the training included smaller forms of play without goals as well as a final eleven-on-eleven - "was on preventing goals, which the boys did well. In the current phase, it is also important that "the new players learn how we want to solve different situations, for example, when we are pressed high, lose the ball or win".

Athletic conditions created

The work, which was primarily of an athletic nature in the first few weeks of preparation, is now making a smooth transition to tactical topics. Laying the foundations for the Bundesliga season, which begins in mid-August with the home match against RB Leipzig in the MEWA ARENA, getting the newcomers used to the routines and introducing the young talents who travelled with the team to the physical challenges of the professional game. At the moment, he said, the programme from unit to unit, from day to day, is to gradually work up the components required for the 05 game. "This afternoon," says Svensson, "it will be about one-on-one situations, among other things. That's where overcoming resistance comes in." Another skill that should stand as a recognisable feature for the 05 game of the present and future.

While the intensity and pace are to be kept at a maximum level until the departure next Wednesday, the coach does not rule out deviating from the plan if necessary. It is important to "have a feeling for whether the boys need something different. He did not want to rule out a team-building measure off the pitch. But more important is the time the group spends together in Tyrol. That they find each other and grow together into a unit."

Lee is already looking good

Meanwhile, the coach has to pay special attention to some of the players in his 29-man squad and integrate them bit by bit into team training. While the Euros participants Edimilson Fernandes, Karim Onisiwo, Ádám Szalai and Silvan Widmer naturally start at a different physical level than the rest of the team, newcomer Jae-sung Lee has so far completed an individual programme. The coaching team wants to avoid a risk here at all costs, which could come back to haunt them in the course of the season. "Lee is already looking good," said Svensson, admitting that the South Korean is already further along than expected after suffering a ligament injury in the summer. Nevertheless, duels with opponent pressure are something completely different than "the controlled movements in individual training. We're building him up carefully and don't want to overdo it."

The Zerofivers will return to the training pitch for the second time on Wednesday after lunch, various media appointments and a short rest period at 4pm. The coach has already underlined that the training will be no less intense than in the morning: "It will also be intense this afternoon." He expects many duels, "they are very decisive for our game".