The first breaths of springtime have brought with them a renewed blossoming for FC Bayern’s 35-year-old Peruvian veteran Claudio Pizarro, who can take the DFB Pokal Final by storm.
At a time of year when all competitions reach their crux and squad management, of both a physical and psychological nature, is a task every bit as fiendish bomb disposal, the goals of ‘Der Anden-Bomber’ have been manna from heaven for Josep Guardiola.
Ten Bundesliga strikes make him FC Bayern Munchen’s joint-third top scorer in the league (alongside Frank Ribery and Mario Gotze), yet seven of those strikes came in his six domestic appearances.
He’s in arguably the hottest scoring form of any man who’ll take to the pitch at Berlin’s Olympiastadion and should be backed to score first at a joint-favourite’s 15/4.
Pizarro shares top billing in the betting to break the deadlock with teammate Thomas Muller, yet when it comes to goals-per-minute efficiency neither the Die Mannschaft international, nor any other Bundesliga scorer to have struck more than once, can live with the born-again Peruvian.
In 2013/14 league hostilities the second-spell Bayern Munchen stalwart has struck on average every 69 minutes, a whopping 43 minutes per goal more than parsimonious than teammate Mario Mandzukic’s next-best 112.
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Considering our man Claudio has doubled up on two of the last four occasions he’s been selected from the off, there’s every reason to think he can help himself to more than one goal in Berlin.