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Toni and Lell settle at FCB

Postby FCBayernNews » Sun Oct 21, 2007 12:06 am


Luca Toni betrayed his Mediterranean roots on Friday as the only Bayern star to don a bobble hat in training, protection against a damp day with the temperature a mere six degrees above freezing. But the approaching winter will not see the striker’s goalscoring exploits put on ice. Luca has scored ten goals in ten competitive outings, and is now looking to extend that tally in Bochum.

<b>Fit at last</b>

“I’ll do my best to score,” the 30-year-old declared, assessing himself as “fully fit” for the first time since arriving in Munich. “My legs are good for 90 minutes now, although I can’t say whether that’ll mean more goals,” he smiled after finally ridding himself of a persistent muscular problem.

Despite the injury niggle, his partnership with Miroslav Klose has already set the Bundesliga alight. “It’s great with Miro, because he’s a fantastic player and a good person. I get on with him well off the field too,” Toni confirmed. The pair are the league’s leading scorers with eight goals each.

<b>Feeling at home</b>

That does not mean the deadly duo are vying with each other for individual accolades. “We both agree the team takes priority. It doesn’t matter who scores. I help him, he helps me, Ribéry helps us both.“ The speed of his integration at the club “has surprised me too,” Toni admitted. “But it’s not down to me, it’s due to the fantastic team I have behind me.“ Luca Toni clearly feels at home in Bavaria.

That is a given for Christian Lell, whose parents live just a few hundred yards from the Säbener Straße. The right-back remains spellbound at the opportunity to pull on the famous red jersey of his lifelong favourite club, and is thrilled at the course of the season so far: he has not missed a minute of competitive play since coming into the team on matchday 2.

<b>Seizing the chance</b>

“I’ve been given a chance because of injuries,” he said ahead of his eleventh competitive start in a row, knowing his position at the club remains “difficult.” Direct rivals Philipp Lahm and Willy Sagnol both resumed training this week.

“Both have delivered the goods, proved their worth, and they have a certain edge,” acknowledged Lell, although he does not intend to surrender his place without a fight. “What else can I do but give it my best in every game I play. The rest is up to the coach.“ The player can also operate at centre-half or in defensive midfield.

<b>Winning is what counts</b>

Lell, a key member of the back four which has conceded a paltry three goals in nine league matches to date, is assured of the right-back berth in Bochum. “Before every match, we in the back four remind ourselves of how good it is to keep a clean sheet,” Lell revealed. “We defenders actually care whether we win 3-0 as opposed to 3-1.“ Luca Toni takes a more relaxed view: “Bayern winning is all that matters.“
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