The 27-year-old arrived in Johannesburg a day earlier than the rest of his team-mates having vacationed in the Rainbow nation ahead of the mid-season meet-up, but is delighted to back amongst his footballing “family” as preparations for the second half of the 2014/15 Bundesliga campaign continue in earnest. Question: Andreas Beck, you and the team have got the first few intense training sessions under your belt. Have you noticed the strain? Andreas Beck: Of course. We all had our individual training regimes with us during the last ten days of holiday, but first-team training at this level of intensity is something completely different. In some cases we’ve attempted to recreate the intensity of a competitive fixture. You really feel the effects when there are two or three different sessions in a single day. Things really kick off, especially when we’re working on planned out in-game situations. At that point it doesn’t matter whether its 20 or 30 degrees - it takes its toll. 5-0 win at Hertha Berlin a few weeks ago. 11 against 11 on the pitch - it’s enough to make you tingle.