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Revitalised Lukas

On-target Podolski surges back to form

“I hope I still have a major contribution to make to our success as a team. If the coach calls on me, I’ll do the very best I can.” That was Lukas Podolski’s message to his fans, as delivered a week ago via his personal web page. On Saturday, the striker translated his words into deeds.

The Germany international, who is returning to his hometown club FC Köln at the end of the season, made a sixth Bundesliga start of the campaign for Bayern in the 5-1 thrashing of Hannover 96. He came, he saw – and he scored. With 73 minutes played, he rose to nod home a dinked Zé Roberto cross and make the score 4-1 to the champions. It was Poldi’s first goal in four months; he last found the target on 1 November in a 3-1 win over Bielefeld.