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Podolski to start against Czech Republic

Postby FCBayernNews » Mon Oct 15, 2007 11:56 pm

15.10.2007

If Lukas Podolski was asked to name his best-ever game for Germany, he might well identify the World Cup Round of 16 clash with Sweden on 24 June in the summer of 2006, when the Bayern striker took to the Allianz Arena turf and scored the goals in a 2-0 victory, Miroslav Klose providing perfect assists for both strikes.

Podolski will be without his trusty partner on Wednesday, when the Germans return to Munich for the first time since the World Cup for a Euro 2008 qualifier against the Czech Republic. The 22-year-old will still be overjoyed at the chance to shine on his “home” turf.

<b>Modest Podolski</b>

“Lukas will start in Munich alongside either Gomez or Kuranyi,“ coach Joachim Löw announced at the weekend. Podolski gave a good account of himself after coming on as a substitute in Ireland last Saturday. “Lukas picked up the pace very quickly. He was involved in a number of good moves, he was agile and flexible, and he was very dynamic after his long lay-off. He was dangerous and had two or three shots," Löw commented, calling on the player “to show the desire to make the breakthrough at Bayern. He mustn’t throw in the towel."

Ironically enough, Munich will provide the stage for Poldi to advance his cause at club level. “We have great strikers in Toni and Klose. If they’re scoring, I have to line up behind them. I’m not making any demands,“ the former Cologne youth declared. Podolski’s seven European championship qualifying goals make him the third-highest scorer so far, trailing only David Healy of Northern Ireland (12) and Croatia’s Eduardo da Silva (10).

<b>Klose working on comeback</b>

The Germans have already qualified for next summer’s Euro, but Löw wants his side to put on a show for the fans. “The Czechs in front of a full house in Munich is a highlight of the campaign. We want a good display and a win,“ the coach declared. Bayern President Franz Beckenbauer agreed: “It’s the biggest game in our group, and we should be looking to win the section.“

Klose and Philipp Lahm would also have liked to appear on home turf for Germany, but the pair are sidelined with knee injuries and spent Monday morning at the Säbener Strasse working hard to recover fitness. “I’m not quite there yet, but it’s already pretty good,” Klose informed <b>fcbayern.de</b>.

<b>Klose targets return in Bochum</b>

The World Cup leading scorer will take part in both team training sessions on Tuesday. Provided there is no reaction from the knee, Klose could feature in Saturday’s Bundesliga trip to Bochum. “I hope it works out,” he said. However, he will spend Wednesday cheering on Podolski and Co from the Allianz Arena stands.
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