Created on 18-01-2010 at 00:00 AM
“The last couple of inches,” Mario Gomez said, were lacking as Bayern restarted their league campaign last Friday. “I think the winter break had something to do with it. We’ve just been slightly knocked out of our stride,” continued the striker, who failed to score for the fist time in five games. Instead, Miroslav Klose finally opened his Bundesliga account for this season. The Germany goal-getter supplied the icing on the cake from an FCB point of view, as it means the entire Bayern forward line is now firing on all cylinders.
Munich have scored 17 goals in their last five league matches, ahead of Leverkusen on 13, Schalke on six, and Hamburg on nine, although Bayern’s total was only six in the previous five games. The return of FCB’s killer instinct in front of goal has sent the club off on an impressive winning run. Gomez (five goals in the last six games) and Ivica Olic (four in the last five) have claimed regular status up front, and now Klose is pushing hard to win back a place in the starting line-up.
“My goal is to become a regular again as fast as possible,” declared the man who finished leading scorer at the 2006 World Cup. A string of injuries (ankle surgery, bruising, a sprained elbow) ruined Miro’s autumn but he is fit again now and hungry for success. “Provided I’m fit and avoid injury I’ll be picked to play, at Bayern and for Germany,” he declared, “because when I’m fit, I’m the best.”