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Christian Lell: It’s a really terrific feeling

Christian Lell is unlikely to forget the 88th minute of Sunday’s meeting with VfL Bochum in a hurry. Bursting onto a sublime Miroslav Klose backheel, the Munich-born full-back cracked a shot into the far corner of the net to make it 3-1 to the men in red. The overjoyed Lell thus broke a top flight scoring duck which had lasted 65 Bundesliga appearances, 39 of them in Bayern colours.

The 23-year-old had already netted for the senior team, but that was the fifth in FCB’s 6-0 UEFA Cup demolition of Aris Salonika. caught up with the beaming goalscorer afterwards and discussed a crucial victory over VfL.

Interview: Christian Lell Christian, congratulations on the win and on the goal, your first in the Bundesliga.
Christian Lell: “That’s right. Funnily enough, I sat with Miroslav Klose at lunch today, and he was telling me about finishing top scorer at the World Cup. I told him I wouldn’t mind scoring one myself – and he promptly set one up for me. It’s a really terrific feeling.“ You made heavy weather of it at first against Bochum. Is it possible that Mark van Bommel’s sending off was the wake-up call you needed?
Lell: “We fell behind to a hopeful effort which flew in at the top corner. It’s the kind of thing which only seems to happen against us. But it’s definitely the case that we were totally fired up after the sending-off, the fans cheered us on and each and every one of us found another ten or twenty percent. We applied a great deal of pressure and penned Bochum back in their half.“ Did that get the adrenalin flowing nicely ready for the return against Getafe?
Lell: “Definitely. We were determined to win today and set off for Getafe on a high. That wouldn’t have been easy on the back of a defeat.“ Could it be that you’re in a very different mood for Getafe, compared to how you’d feel after a routine 1-0 win?
Lell: “Absolutely. We’ve turned a match on its head today and we’ll go to Spain on a roll. We’re aiming to win in Getafe and get through to the next round.“