It's hot in Switzerland: 33 degrees. But boss Lucien Favre and his coaching staff made no allowances for their players as the unrelenting sun beat down on them on the fourth day of their pre-season training camp.

Having been held to a dogged 1-1 draw against Rennes − in which the effects of their intense training regime had started to show − the evening before, the players were forced to give everything they had once again at a workout session at the "Ri Au" stadium.

But there was to a be a small − though pre-planned − reward for their efforts: an afternoon off. On Sunday and Monday, however, it will be back to two training sessions a day. (br)