Bayern Munich defender Dayot Upamecano knew the 2022/23 season was going to be a grind.
The normal schedule of Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League matches would be packed – even without throwing in a mid-season World Cup. Upamecano knew he would have to be prepared.
“In the summer I looked at my weaknesses and also at what I did well. I hired a fitness trainer before the season and took little vacation. My goal was to start the season fit and prepared. You saw it immediately in the games,” Upamecano told Tz (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
One other form of training Upamecano had was working with an opera singer.
“At the beginning it was awkward. I had to do small exercises, also sing. I’ve laughed a lot. After that it was very relaxed. It helped me a lot. Because I yell a lot in defense in games, I always had vocal cord pain. It’s gone now,” Upamecano noted. “If someone from outside criticizes me, I don’t care. This is football. Everyone has their own opinion. I just keep going – no matter what outside experts say. What matters to me is what my confidants think.”