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Hard work pays off

Klose reaps the benefit of extra training

There are lies, damned lies, and statistics, so they say, but the stats emphatically do not lie when it comes to Miroslav Klose. The 30-year-old has been involved in ten goals in his last six matches, scoring three himself and having a hand in seven more. He tops the Bundesliga charts with six assists so far. Klose scored Bayern’s equaliser in Frankfurt last Wednesday, and laid on the cross for Franck Ribéry to volley the winner.

“What counts is success as a team. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals,” Klose declared with characteristic modesty on Friday. For all that, the former Bremen goal-getter has been the key figure in Bayern’s return to winning ways, and the champions’ leap in the Bundesliga table from eleventh to fourth.

The player attributes his fine form to exceptionally hard work in recent weeks. “I’m reaping the benefits now,” he said, “I’ve put in a lot of extra training sessions, spent plenty of time in the weights room, and I’ve shot at goal more often than anyone else.“ The Germany international missed the first three weeks of pre-season due to Euro 2008.

Fine run of form