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Resurgent Podolski lets boots do the talking

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Resurgent Podolski lets boots do the talking

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:59 am


Lukas Podolski netted with the inside and outside of his left boot against Bolton on Thursday, claiming his first brace in a Bayern shirt, his first goals in eight months, and his first headline-grabbing performance of the season, after a long spell in the shadow of injury and loss of form.

“What do you mean by relief?” the striker asked after the match. “Scoring twice was another small step, but I’ve got nowhere yet. I need to keep going.“ Podolski would have preferred to say nothing at all, attempting to exit the Allianz Arena quietly with his head already covered by a bobble hat. He had already answered a host of questions by letting his boots do the talking.

<b>Classy display</b>

After four months out in the summer following knee surgery, Poldi hit form against Bolton with certainly his best display of term, and arguably one of his best since joining Munich a year and a half ago. “He was pure class,” enthused Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Ottmar Hitzfeld spoke of “increasingly good form“.

The improvement began three weeks ago in a substitute appearance away to Bochum, “the first time he’s really played well,” Uli Hoeneß pointed out. Podolski took another stride in last week’s Cup meeting with Mönchengladbach, providing two assists but still not hitting the target himself.

<b>Great moments</b>

Against the Trotters, the youngster bristled with aggression and pace, but also attended to his goalscoring drought. He himself initiated the 30th minute move from which he made the score 1-1, outfoxing two defenders on the touchline before finding Franck Ribéry. The ball returned to him via Bastian Schweinsteiger, and he bent a cracking drive into the corner of the net with the outside of his boot.

Podolski’s next stunning intervention was a neat backheel through a forest of Wanderers legs to feed Schweinsteiger, who was unable to convert a gilt-edged chance on the stroke of half-time. Just minutes after the restart, Poldi doubled his personal tally and handed Bayern the lead with a clinical close-range finish after Ribéry had torn the Bolton left flank asunder.

<b>Standing ovation</b>

Hitzfeld substituted the 22-year-old on 58 minutes, and he took his seat to a standing ovation from the 66,000 crowd. “I’d been planning to leave him on for the 90 minutes,” the boss later revealed, “but I changed my mind after he scored twice. I needed to rest him. He’s earned another chance in Stuttgart.“
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