TSG training camp, day seven – on the home stretch

After seven energy-sapping days, the end of the training camp in Portugal draws closer. Hoffenheim defender Andi Beck summarises: “Even if we have tired legs, the week has been immensely helpful for us. The intensity of the sessions, as well as the friendlies, has restored our confidence ahead of next week.”

After their second friendly game, TSG's training session focused on regeneration. Under near cloudless, sunny skies, the players worked on stabilising exercises and were then split into two groups. The first group, made up of those who were in the starting eleven in the 3-1 win over Heerenveen, went on a long run. Group two worked with the ball under the instruction of assistant manager Nagelsmann and manager Marco Kurz. Sporting director Andreas Müller also cast a watchful eye on proceedings. Across the various exercises the focus was on quick, often first-time passing and shooting in small, compact areas of space.

The good mood continued in the morning session, as the players took on the TSG staff in a kickabout before lunch. Every bit of action was cheered and at the end, the medical team, including club doctor Henning Ott, celebrated a narrow win thanks to a goal from Hoffenheim legend Heinz Seyfert.

Theory training

In the afternoon, the staff then returned to an intensive session with the focus lying on theory using video analysis. With just a week before the start of the second half of the season and Hoffenheim's opening league game of 2013 against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena on January 19th (15.30 CET), time is running out to make any more adjustments. Tickets for the game are available here.

On Sunday, the team will have one more training session in Portugal, before flying back to Germany in the early afternoon.

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