Rosler hoping German roots will aid Latics

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UWE Rosler insists Wigan Athletic literally couldn’t be in a better place as they ramp up their preparations for the new season.

The Wigan players woke up this morning for their first full day in Paderborn – and their second German training camp of the summer.

The Latics boss reckons his men will feel the huge benefit both on and off the pitch when the new season kicks off in just over a fortnight.

“It’s all about the quality over here – quality of the hotel, quality of the food, quality of the pitches, everything,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“The camp was built just before the 2006 World Cup, and Portugal were based there for the whole tournament.

“Everything about it is first class – Besiktas were there recently, then Hertha Berlin, and it’s the ideal place for us to be based for the next stage of our preparations.”

The squad will be subjected to an intense course of high-tempo training designed to have them ready for the big kick-off against Reading on August 9.

They will play three games during their 10-day stay – against Fortuna Dusseldorf (Saturday), SC Wiedenbruck (next Tuesday) and SC Paderborn (next Friday).

And Rosler says rubbing shoulders with quality teams and players should stand Latics in good stead further down the line.

“The reason why we and a lot of other teams go to places like this is simple,” he explained.

“The teams you meet when you are over here are very fit, their style of play is not so far away from the English style of play and they play at a very competitive level.

“Playing against teams in the top half of the Second Bundesliga and the bottom half of the Bundesliga, that is also one of the main reasons we go over here.

“Not only will we get a good test against the teams we will play, but it also exposes us to a market that is of great interest to us.”

While this is Rosler’s first pre-season at Wigan, having arrived midway through last term, he’s had several alongside Head of Performance – and ex-Brentford colleague – Chris Haslam.

“I’m learning so much about my players during this pre-season, and I have been discussing this with Chris,” Rosler added.

“This is a completely different squad of players than we have had before – more experienced, higher average age.

“What we have done in the past with another squad of players where we came from, we cannot compare like for like. It’s impossible.

“That was the result of three pre-seasons, whereas this is our first pre-season at Wigan. We are still finding out how much we can push them and how much we have to reduce where appropriate.

“Some of the players may find the work we are doing in pre-season a bit unusual, but they will see the results soon.”