Munich - While FC Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is waiting anxiously to join his team-mates in training by the side of Lake Garda, he took time out to speak not only about how his ankle injury is healing, but also what he expects from the season ahead.
The Germany international is slowly working his way back to fitness after undergoing ankle surgery in June, but he is closing in on a return to action ahead of what he hopes will be a season of even more superlatives.
He spoke about...
...his injury: “I’m trying to get back into training with the team as soon as possible. It’s getting better and that’s the most important sign. I can’t say precisely when I’ll be back. I’m taking things day by day, but you’ve got to pay attention to your body.”
...the first experiences under Pep Guardiola: “It’s something special for the entire club. For us as a team, we’ve got to know a very friendly person. He knows everything about football and had great success with Barcelona. We all hope that he'll improve us in certain things, even if that’s going to be a bit difficult. We’re all delighted he’s here."
...the settling in process: “We’ve all got to get used to each other, which means the new coaching team getting to know Bayern as much as it means Bayern getting to know the coaching team. It'll work though. When Louis van Gaal arrived [as head coach in 2009], it took a while, but it won’t take so long now because we have lots of quality in the team and also play to a certain basic philosophy that our coach would like to improve. I don’t think there will be any problems.”
...the upcoming season: “We’re all even hungrier after last season. We just want more, we want to enjoy moments like those in London all over again. We want to have another successful season. We’re not going to sit back and relax with what we achieved last season. It may be a little harder, but it will be a great challenge because we’re going to have to do even more.”