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Three-way battle

On-fire Klose advances case for selection

Miroslav Klose isn’t normally one to blow his own trumpet, but whether deliberately or not, he put the metaphorical instrument to his lips after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Roma. “The substitutions gave us new impetus and we started creating chances,” the Germany international said.

Klose and Mario Gomez came on with a quarter of the match to go, Miro’s strike shortly after Thomas Müller’s opener sealing a winning start to FCB’s Champions League campaign. “I’m delighted for Klose,” Louis Van Gaal said afterwards. “We’ve spoken about the fact that Miro always scores for Germany but not for me. Now he has scored for me, and that’s great!” It was Klose’s second goal in all competitions this term.

Leading by example

Klose, engaged in a three-way battle with Gomez and Ivica Olic for a starting position in the forward line, did his cause the world of good on Wednesday, and not merely by scoring. The 32-year-old made an immediate impact, covering prodigious quantities of ground, skilfully retaining possession, leading by example, and seeing a looping header come back off a post.