Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic will be looking to show his old club VfL Wolfsburg what they are missing when they host the runaway Bundesliga leaders on Friday.
Mandzukic has been in great form since joining Bayern last July from Wolves and his five goals in the three league games so far in 2013 have helped the Bavarians open a 15-point lead at the top of the table.s
By both finishing and creating chances – he has netted 14 goals in 18 matches – Mandzukic has restricted Germany striker Mario Gomez to only the occasional start for Bayern.
“I knew I had to believe in myself from the start,” said the 26-year-old Croatia star. “Now I expect to play in every game.”
Having left Wolfsburg after two years, 20 goals and 56 league matches, the former Dinamo Zagreb forward has been in outstanding form and there will be no place for sentiment with the league leaders hunting their 18th league win from 22 games
“We want to be the boss on the pitch again,” said Mandzukic, who still backs his old team to thrive with Wolves coach Dieter Hecking having picked up two wins in his four matches since taking charge in December.
“They have a good team and good individual players, but I think they need some time until everything works the way it should be.”
Bayern will not underestimate Wolfsburg, who earned a shock 3-2 win against defending champions Borussia Dortmund in December, especially with Brazil playmaker Diego bossing the midfield.AFP