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Bayern Munich have been suffering a lot in terms of injuries over the last few weeks and this has culminated into manager Pep Guardiola having only 16 fit players for the upcoming match against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal quarter-final clash.
The matches played away from home and this only compounds the misery for Bayern, who remain in hunt for three major honours this season. A quarter-final clash against Porto in the Champions League is not too far away and Guardiola was always not going to risk his players for this match. Bayern have been developing a strong tradition in this tournament after having won it in the last two seasons.
Guardiola will be aiming for a third consecutive success but his team will have to do without a number of regular stars like Schweinsteiger. Top individuals like Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Javi Martinez are some of the players currently unavailable. This means that Guardiola will have to rely upon names like Mario Gotze. The former Borussia Dortmund star was only on the bench when Bayern Munich took on his former club during the weekend. A 1-0 success for Bayern kept their wonderful run in the league going. They have a 10 point advantage over Wolfsburg. Read more »
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Lukas Podolski has said that he is almost certain to be playing at Arsenal next season, thus dismissing any rumours that his move to Inter Milan is on a permanent basis. The German international has struggled for game time at Arsenal.
This led to the move to the Italian outfit, who signed him on a loan deal. Since his move, Podolski is yet to open his account in the league. He has already featured in eight matches since the move. Once a player towards the end of his career moves on a loan spell, it is assumed that he has gone for pastures new.
Podolski says that it is not the case since he will return to Arsenal once his loan spell comes to an end at the end of the campaign. He has rejected suggestions that he does not get along well with Arsene Wenger. Podolski was seen complaining a lot about Arsenal after his move to Inter. The German has clarified the situation by saying that he was not happy with Arsenal not providing any farewell words after the deal was announced. Apart from Inter, Podolski was also linked with a return to German football. Historically, the 29-year-old has struggled to perform at big clubs. Read more »
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Lukas Podolski played a starring role in Inter Milan getting their first win since the season resumed on January 7. The former Arsenal striker started and played the full 90 minutes in the 3-1 victory over Genoa.
This was yet another positive result for Inter manager Roberto Mancini, who was appointed just before the winter break as the replacement for Walter Mazzarri. Mancini’s arrival did not immediately result in an upturn in results, but the club have been active in this January transfer window. Podolski is one important names to have been signed on an initial loan deal, which is expected to be converted into a permanent deal come the summer.
The German international is capable of providing a lot of versatility to Inter and this seems to have been one of the characteristics that the Italian outfit were very keen on having in the squad. Apart from being able to play as a central striker, Podolski also has a lot of experience of playing on the wings. Read more »
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Lukas wants to make a striking return for Arsenal in the current season. The subject of speculation for the future of Germany is going through the entire week. He proved to be the real winner as Arsenal did beat Anderlecht in the outing of Champions League.
Being 29 years old he is determined for improvisation of his strike rate when they will be up for the clash with Gunners. For Podolski, Champions League is a different cup altogether. His performance in the competition in the previous season is good and based on that it is rated that he is doing it really well. The games are special and it is played under the lights. He wants to score in the Champions league and as well as in the Premier League. He is happy to be back with scoring goals and more so when it fetches you three points.
It is his dream to score for Premier League this season. He is waiting to get a start in the upcoming season. He was bought in as substitute and just for 11 minutes which made him reach to the score of 3-0 with a win. He put all that he had into the game. He showed his frustration by posting it on instagram that he will continue to fight till time comes. He would have definitely scored more but it was not his luck. It is hoped that in the future matches he is going to do well.
He also pointed out that he has remained a gooner and is determined to turn around his ill fortune into a brilliant fortune. He further wants to prove it to Wenger. He wants to show that he can do it by putting a bit of extra effort into the play that he is so fond of.