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They may not be in action again until the end of the month, but Bundesliga relegation battlers Stuttgart have been ordered to be up before dawn to start training at 6.30 in the morning.

“It is good not only for the body but also for the mind,” says Dutch coach and strict disciplinarian Huub Stevens, who took charge of the club in November. “Waking up early is good for you.”

The much-travelled Stevens resigned as head coach of Stuttgart in 10 May 2014, but was reappointed in November to replace Armin Veh who was fired after just five months in the job.

On 25 November 2014 Stevens returned to VfB Stuttgart.

Stuttgart, who last won the German title in 2007, are currently 15th and only above the relegation play-off place on goal difference.

Their season resumes after the winter break with a home game against fourth-place Borussia Monchengladbach on January 31.

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