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Klose vows to breach weakened Bremen defence

Ambition is one of the factors explaining Miroslav Klose’s exceptional career as a player. “You’ll never achieve much if you don’t aim high,” he declared on Thursday, two days after netting a brace for Germany against Azerbaijan and just under a week after scoring the winner for his country away to Belgium.

Klose’s 103 caps mean he is fourth in Germany’s all-time appearance chart, behind only Jürgen Kohler (105), Jürgen Klinsmann (108) and Lothar Matthäus (150). In terms of goals, only Gerd ‘Der Bomber’ Müller has scored more. And although Miro is already 32, he is keen to pursue records right to the end of his career: “I always set myself challenging targets.”

Still to score against Werder

However, the striker has a more pressing short-term goal. Since switching from Werder Bremen to Bayern in summer 2007, he has yet to score in seven meetings with his former club. The northerners are due at the Allianz Arena on Saturday for the 99th north versus south showdown, and Klose is determined to break his duck: “It's high time I scored against Werder.”

Now would appear as good a time as any, at least on paper. Werder’s first-choice centre-back pairing Naldo and Per Mertesacker are both sidelined with injury, “and that’s obviously an unsatisfactory situation for us,” fumed Werder boss Thomas Schaaf. However, Klose does not necessarily believe he personally will benefit: “It's easier when you know all about the man marking you. You’re better able to focus on him.”