“Miloš Jojić and Leonardo Bittencourt will be used in the test matches.”
So said the boss, Peter Stöger, on Tuesday in Kitzbühel about his two most-recent acquisitions.
Neither newcomer was used in Saturday’s test against GKS Tychy. Jojić had taken a knock in just his second training session with the club and appears to have been kept out as added precaution, though the former Dortmund midfielder did dress for the match.
Bittencourt, however, had arrived to the club only a few days before the match. Without much time to prepare with his new teammates, Bittencourt, too, was left watching.
The Betfair Cup is providing 1. FC Köln a pair of matches this week in Austria, facing RCD Espanyol on Wednesday and SC Camburr on Friday. With 180 minutes of game time available in just a three-day span, anyone who travelled with the club to Kitzbühel and in good health should see some time on the pitch against competition from the continent before heading back north to Köln
Even without the matches, Stöger says he’s working his players hard to properly prepare them for the rigors of the Bundesliga and the task his crew faces in the 2015-16 campaign.
“The physical training is still a focal point because we know that we need to be in top shape in order to survive in the league can,” said the coach Tuesday, delivering a summer training camp philosophy that sounds very familiar to one delivered last year. “We are, however, trying to direct the training so that we don’t overload the players.”
If you’re a member of 1. FC Köln, use your FC-TV access at 20:00 CET Wednesday to potentially see the new players, along with the other slightly less new players and the effzeh veterans, take on La Liga’s RCD Espanyol.