Claudio Pizarro is back on the pitch and is more attacking than ever before. The Peruvian hopes to become Bundesliga champion with Werder and sees Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke as the team’s top competition for the title. "It will be a tough task, but when I look around I see that quality to win the Bundesliga," said Pizarro. The main thing is consistency. "We cannot have a phase where we lose four or five games in a short stretch. That cost us better placings in the past two season," said Pizarro.
That’s why the Peruvian is so much looking forward to the first real test against SC Freiburg on Friday. "We have worked hard and will finally be able to see where we stand. We have to give everything we have to be fit straight away on the first game day. And some games against big clubs are just right," said Pizarro. He once again wants to do his part offensively for a strong season. "Of course I want to score goals. But I don’t want to say how many," said Pizarro. "What’s important is only that we win the Bundesliga." He added with a smile: "Okay, well it should be more than 10 goals for sure."
Pizarro is also motivated looking forward to the international stage, where he hopes to once again show his qualities after a years-long dispute with the former Peruvian national team coach. "There have been talks with the new coach, and there will be more to follow. But it looks good for a return to the national team," said Pizarro.
I love Pizarro, I hope he plays for Peru again, things are looking good
Pizarro back in team training
One day after the test match against SSV Reutlingen there was good news for Werder Bremen head coach Thomas Schaaf as the number of players at team training is steadily increasing with striker Claudio Pizarro returning to practice on Wednesday. And the Peruvian gave a thumbs up afterwards. "I had a minor strain in my right thigh. I was able the train the last couple days but had to do my drills alone. Today I tried it again and it went very well. I am convinced that I can play in the game on Friday against SC Freiburg," said Pizarro.
That means the physiotherapist team and fitness coaches only have to worry about Naldo at the moment. The Brazilian’s knee is slightly inflamed, but the signals are positive. "I am working on getting back as soon as possible. But I need some patience. I still feel it, but it’s getting better," said Naldo. "I am getting treatment every day and we are continually increasing the burden in my individual training." The Brazilian is hoping to complete some drills with the ball Wednesday evening.
Edited to add the second article