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Gerd Müller interview

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Oct 04, 2007 7:23 am


When Bayern go travelling for European competitions, Gerd Müller is invariably there with the team. The man once known as ‘Der Bomber’, who himself scored 66 goals in 74 international matches for Bayern, is something of a talisman for the men from Munich. Coming hard on the heels of the withdrawal through injury of Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, Ottmar Hitzfeld can only hope that some of Müller’s sharpshooting prowess rubs off on the current side.

During the journey to Lisbon <B></B> seized the opportunity to speak with Müller about the absence of Klose and its impact on Luca Toni, and about his scoring record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season. Will it ever be broken?

<B>The Gerd Müller interview:</B> Bayern must do without Miroslav Klose und Lukas Podolski for the game in Lisbon. Is that why Ottmar Hitzfeld has brought along “Der Bomber”, as a talisman?
<B><I>Gerd Müller:</I></B> (Laughs). “No, in fact I travel with Bayern on all their Champions’ League trips, and of course in the UEFA Cup too.”

<B></B> How serious do you think the absence of Klose will be?
<B><I>Gerd Müller:</I></B> “I believe Klose is a terrific forward. He’s strong in the air, shields the ball excellently, and always lays the ball off skilfully for his colleagues. Everything he’s done so far has been top-class.”

<B></B> The dream duo of Klose and Toni has been parted for the moment. How difficult will it now be for Luca alone up front?
<B><I>Gerd Müller:</I></B> “If Miroslav can’t play, it’s more difficult for Luca Toni. As a lone striker you always find it more difficult, because when you’re on your own the defence can focus on you better. And in addition Klose has already set up a few goals for Toni.”

<B></B> After Klose scored eight goals in the first eight Bundesliga matches people have started talking about whether your record from the 1972-73 season might be in danger…
<B><I>Gerd Müller:</I></B> “I do believe that some day, someone will break the record. But first you have to score 40 goals, and it will be hard for Miroslav now with this injury. But talking about it doesn’t seem to bring people luck. Two years ago Roy Makaay was considered a candidate to score 40 goals after he hit six in the first three matches. But then he got injured and afterwards he didn’t score for ages.”

<B></B> Ottmar Hitzfeld believes your record will still be standing 50 years from now.
<B><I>Gerd Müller:</I></B> “I think that if no-one does it this season, then no-one will manage it for a long time. But if anyone is capable score 40 goals, it would be Miroslav Klose.”

<I>Interview by Dirk Hauser</I>
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