Professional sport training camps are traditionally a regimented experience resembling boot camp, but Battery Coach Mike Anhaeuser altered his two-a-day training schedule Wednesday for humanitarian reasons.
“It’s not every day Real Madrid plays Man United,” Anhaeuser said during the break before the Battery’s afternoon training session, which he moved up to 1:45 p.m. “You gotta remember, these guys are here, it’s just the beginning pre-season. I’ve got eight weeks of preseason. I don’t need to kill them off and make them miss something, right? Not going to change my game (on Saturday), is it?”
The club practiced with 17 field players and three keepers on the field Wednesday. Several players were sidelined with minor injuries, but Captain Colin Falvey, whom Anhaeuser said had picked up a hamstring problem, ran drills at what looked like full speed.
Manchester United played Real Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in a game that began 2:45 p.m. Eastern. The English side escaped Spain with a valuable 1-1 draw in the first of a two-game UEFA Champions Leauge Group Stage series.