The summer break was over for most of Werder's players shortly before 10 a.m. on Thursday. Twenty-seven players completed the usual lactate test at the Platz 11 grounds at Weser Stadium. Sebastian Prödl was so happy about it. "I have been waiting for this for days. I always start getting anxious a week before the start of training," said the Austria.
The first walk to work: Assani Lukimya with Philipp Bargfrede on the way to the changing room.
Captain Clemens Fritz was also able to completely shut down in the past few weeks. He used the long break for visits to the United States and Asia. And about the new Werder team, Fritz said: "Everyone is very open, positive and communicative. That has a certain meaning if you want to have success. That cannot just be the first impression," said the 31-year-old Fritz.
One player who should help the Werder team remain in a good mood is new acquisition Assani Lukimya. "I began preparing myself already on holidays. I will have a chance to play with one of the absolute top clubs in Germany and I want to use it," said "Luki", who has already found an apartment in Bremen.
Aaron Hunt has also gotten himself fit as he had his own personal trainer with him during his holiday on Ibiza. "I was there with my family, Sebastian Boenisch and a couple of friends. Also with us was a trainer who went through a special program with us every day. Now I am here and ready. We have some big plans for this team," said Hunt.