Felix Magath insists the extra demands of the Championship will not affect his tough training regime.
The German was famed for punishing schedules in his home country, extended to one player allegedly collapsing in the woods and getting lost on a particular tough run.
It fazes Magath not one little bit, even though his Whites squad has an extra eight league games to deal with starting at Ipswich today, not to mention any extended cup runs.
In fact, from Wimbledon Common to hilly Richmond Park, and even the hallowed links of the St Andrew’s golf course in Scotland, the players have been slogging the miles pre-season.
Magath explained: “I don’t care about games during the week, that’s normal. If you’re a footballer you should like to play in the week.
“We have the fittest squad, no doubt about it. I am wondering in the German league if they are worried about all the games and how the team can manage? There’s no question.
“I told my team in Germany we start in three competitions and I told them we want to win every one. I’m not scared about the amount of games, therefore we do a lot of work in pre-season.
"We prepared the players very well and they have improved. I am totally convinced that we are able to play, not just in the Championship, but to the FA Cup final.
“I am always using the environment for my training sessions. We’ve had a look at Wimbledon Common. Maybe they were surprised at the beginning because we went to Wimbledon first and then Richmond Park. I enjoyed it very much – they were running and I was on the bike behind!”