Broich feels fitness will play a big part against Manchester United on Saturday.
A-League All-Stars midfielder Thomas Broich says he is pleased with the intensity of the training under head coach Ange Postecoglou.
Melbourne Victory chief Postecoglou takes charge of the All-Stars in their maiden match against Premier League champions Manchester United on Saturday at the ANZ Arena and has been putting the 20-man squad through their paces on the practice pitch this week.
The 47-year-old held the last of five gruelling ninety-minute sessions on Thursday with their physical conditioning unlikely to be an issue by the time they kick-off against David Moyes’ side at the weekend.
It has led to Brisbane Roar star Broich, who won consecutive A-League Championships under the guidance of Postecoglou at the Suncorp Stadium, to express his surprise at the demanding nature of the pre-game schedule.
“It (has been) tiring days, we’ve worked pretty hard, really intense – surprisingly intense,” he told Football Australia.
“We’re going to slow down now a little bit to freshen up.
“I guess overall we can be pretty happy with the physical level so far.”
Postecoglou hasn’t neglected the strategy side of his preparations for the visit of United and also spent two days walking the team through his tactical plan and the formation they will line-up in as he aims to pull off a landmark victory.