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Lukas Podolski

‘The last few weeks have done me good’

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A goal against Hannover, two against Sporting and an assist in Bochum made last week one of Lukas Podolski’s best at Bayern. The striker, who is returning to FC Köln this summer after three seasons in Munich, has performed with distinction since filling a breach left by injuries in attack. sat down with the man who is currently the only fit forward at FCB, quizzing him on his remaining targets with the club.

Interview: Lukas Podolski: Lukas, you ever heard of a company called Bierstütze?
Lukas Podolski: “Bierstütze? No, why? The firm has bought several ‘Poldi-Pixels’ on the FC Köln website.
Podolski: “Really? I take a look at it every now and then, but so many companies and private individuals have taken part, I just don’t know them all by name.” Michael Schumacher has also signed up to congratulate you on returning to Köln.
Podolski: “I’m basically just thrilled by every single person who signs up, but the message from a great like Schumacher was very special.” People are saying you seem more relaxed since agreeing your return to Cologne. Is that true?
Podolski: “Basically, it’s unusual to announce a summer transfer so early in a season, but I was delighted to get the whole business out of the way in the winter break. It would have dragged on otherwise and I’d never have been left in peace. It could be some of the tension has been released, it may even be relief at getting the decision made. It’s obviously helped that I’m playing regularly at the moment.” After the mid-season break you were striker number four at the club, but if Luca Toni can’t play against Karlsruhe on Saturday, you’ll be Bayern’s only fit forward.
Podolski: “I’m obviously delighted about playing regularly right now. There’s nothing better than getting out on the field and helping the team. No player likes warming the bench. It’s a good situation for me, although I’m obviously hoping Luca reports fit for Saturday.” How big a blow is Miroslav Klose’s long lay-off?
Podolski: “It’s a heavy blow, especially as we don’t have that many strikers. I’ve struck up a good partnership with Miro because we complement each other, as we do for Germany. Everyone knows I’m not your classic centre-forward, I like to run from deep positions. That plays to my strengths, I can create shooting positions or pass. I’m better in a withdrawn role behind the centre-forward.”