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Heynckes: Pizarro is back in business

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:20 pm

Claudio Pizarro's second starting appearance of term was hardly a breeze or a simple job. Due to a muscular imbalance, he was unable to train with the squad, or if he did, he was restricted to a limited training programme. He also suffers the worse jetlag and travel conditions of any of the FCB squad when he takes on international commitments with Peru. Most recently, in Sunday's unlucky defeat to Leverkusen, he twice hit the goal frame. Unsurprisingly, an evening like the DFB Cup clash with Kaiserslautern is a real tonic. Pizza delivered two goals, and laid on his club's other two strikes.

"It was very good and naturally I'm extremely satisfied," said the striker, who previously wore Bayern colours from 2001 to 2007 and returned to Munich in the summer. "I still lack a little match practice," he admitted, but two days prior to his 34th birthday, the goal getter says he feels physically fit. He handed himself an early birthday present against Kaiserslautern with the 11th minute opener, and a header to make it 3-0 on 58 minutes.

Pizarro has now scored 26 goals in 45 DFB Cup appearances and is second in the competition's all-time scoring chart. He is the most successful non-German striker of all time in the cup and Bundesliga with 160 goals, "but it wasn't easy tonight," he said after Wednesday's clash. "Every team comes here and parks the bus at the back. It's not easy to break through."

Arjen: He's a great striker

Aided and abetted by Arjen Robben, Pizarro was unstoppable on the night. He set up the Dutchman's goals on 49 and 88 minutes, and accepted an assist from Robben himself. "We've known each other for a long time," Claudio noted, as he played with Robben at Chelsea. "We have a good understanding on the field, and we showed that yesterday."

"I think Claudio is a great striker. I really enjoy playing with him," Robben commented. Jupp Heynckes described Pizarro as "an outstanding striker." The Kaiserslautern match was only the Peruvian's third start of term. "He had a huge amount to catch up in terms of fitness, which is why he's not really had a go yet. But as he showed today, he's back in business now," Heynckes summarise.
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Re: Heynckes: Pizarro is back in business

Postby tflags » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:28 pm

You have to admit, that Pizza with Robben toppings was one hell of a combo for K'Lautern to keep up with. =D>
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