Klose returns to Werder seeking 100th goal

August 16, 2007

BERLIN, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Miroslav Klose will have the perfect stage to try for his 100th Bundesliga goal on Saturday when Bayern Munich travel to take on his former club Werder Bremen.

Klose switched between the two rivals for €10 million in June at the end of a messy transfer saga.

The top scorer at the 2006 World Cup showed Bayern's persistence had been worth it when he struck twice and set up a third for Luca Toni in the opening day 3-0 win over Hansa Rostock.

Those goals took his tally to 99 in 210 Bundesliga games and his return to the Weserstadion on Saturday could be the platform for a celebration.

Bayern's win over Rostock last weekend had fans and pundits purring approval at the club's new determination to play attacking football.

But the first real test of the theory comes at Werder, who finished last season a place above Bayern in third.

'We got the start we wanted against Rostock but we won't assume we've won the title after one match,' Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club's website.

'We know we have a good team but I'm warning everyone not to get big-headed or arrogant.'

Werder drew 2-2 with Bochum on the opening weekend and followed that up with a 2-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb in a tough Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

Tiredness is likely to be a factor, especially considering the club's injured list, which includes senior midfielders Tim Borowski and Torsten Frings.

VfB Stuttgart kicked off the defence of their title last weekend with a decent 2-2 draw at home to Schalke 04, the team they pipped to the championship last season.

Next up is an away game against Hertha Berlin on Saturday and that should be a good opportunity for the champions to record their first win.

Hertha were far from impressive in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, although Stuttgart hopes could be hit by the absence of Mario Gomez, last season's Bundesliga Player of the Year, who is doubtful with a thigh strain.

Schalke will be seeking revenge as well as a first win of the season when they host local rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Schalke's surprise 2-0 defeat by their great rivals on the penultimate day of last season saw them overtaken by Stuttgart, effectively costing them a first league title in almost 50 years.