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.
He can also play in the central midfield. Despite this versatility, the 29-year-old has made no secret that he wants to play as a central striker. Podolski’s goal return has suffered in recent years as a result of playing out wide for Arsenal and Germany.
“Today we’ve maybe seen that I’m not the best of the entire group.
I think I can get better if I play in the middle, I can be more dangerous when aiming at the target rather than staying on the outside,” said Podolski. The striker criticised his former boss, Arsene Wenger, for showing a lack of respect when he was at Arsenal.
“He said nothing to me. He did not call or say goodbye. I don’t need flowers or a kiss from him. But it is about respect, about saying goodbye. For me, respect is important. I did everything for the club I possibly could have,” continued Podolski.