Bremen (dpa) – The former Bundesliga goalscorer Claudio Pizarro misses the classic center forward in modern Bundesliga football.
“Nowadays you attach so much importance to good wingers, but when they get the ball in the middle, sometimes there isn’t a striker in the middle who knows exactly what he has to do,” said the 43-year-old in an interview with the “Süddeutsche Zeitung ” before his farewell game this Saturday (5.30 p.m. / Sat.1) in Bremen. As a coach, he would “almost always” play with a center forward.
“If the opponent has two towers in defence, you can also try more agile strikers. But there should always be a centre-forward like that, at least in the squad, always!” said the record goalscorer from Bundesliga club Werder Bremen and reminded them “what we Back in South America, we used to think about German strikers: “Beware, these closets are coming! They were tough, could fight and hit the ground running. You need players like that in every team. Now you suddenly have a lot of fast, good technicians, but not real ones More strikers. Or will there be more?”
Companions take part in farewell game
This development is probably due to the fact that “for about ten years, many good teams have only wanted to play Tiki-Taka,” said Pizarro, who also played for Bayern Munich for a long time during his successful career. “In the past, strikers were just there to score goals, even if they weren’t always the best footballers. Today they’re supposed to combine, press and so on. Yes, that’s important. But you still need real strikers.” In world footballer Robert Lewandowski (from Bayern to FC Barcelona) and Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund/Manchester City), two strikers left the Bundesliga this summer.
Pizarro is the oldest goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the most frequently used foreign player (490). He won the treble with Bayern in 2013. Numerous companions will take part in his farewell game, three teams will compete against each other. He currently plays “almost zero” football himself, said Pizarro. “But I run, I do a little interval and strength training, stability exercises. My body tells me: I can’t do nothing. I still have too much energy.”
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