Summary

  • Bremen travel to Hamburg in the Nordderby on Saturday.
  • Pizarro made first appearance of the season last weekend following injury.
  • Has scored 21 goals in 33 meetings with HSV.

In his eighth season at SV Werder Bremen and 17th in the Bundesliga, Claudio Pizarro knows everything there is to know about the Nordderby against Hamburger SV.

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In an exclusive pre-match interview with bundesliga.com, the Bundesliga's record foreign goalscorer discussed Bremen's Matchday 12 assignment in Hamburg, before giving his two pennies worth on the front-runners for the 2016/17 Torjägerkanone.

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bundesliga.com: It's the Nordderby against HSV on Matchday 12. You've played in some of the biggest stadiums in the world and won numerous titles. Is the Nordderby still that extra bit special?

Claudio Pizarro: Yes, definitely. When I came to Germany in 1999, the importance of the two games against HSV was drilled into me. For me it's still the most important game of the season.

bundesliga.com: The two northern clubs haven't made the best start to the season. Both HSV and Bremen are both in a relegation scrap. Does this season's derby carry even more significance given that both sides really need the points?

Pizarro: I think so. Both teams are not where they want to be. It's going to be difficult because we've got to go to Hamburg, but anything can happen in the derby.

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bundesliga.com: Last season HSV did the double over Bremen for the first time in a good while. Is revenge on your minds this weekend?

Pizarro: You're right: we lost both games last season. The Bundesliga is always writing new stories, though. We'll see what happens.

Pizarro (l.) made his first appearance of the season in the 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt last time out.

bundesliga.com: These are not exactly glory days in the north. Werder, Hamburg, Wolfsburg and even Hannover were competing in Europe for years. Now Hannover are in Bundesliga 2, and Werder and HSV have been in the lower reaches of the Bundesliga table in recent seasons. HSV narrowly avoided relegation twice, Werder avoided relegation on the final day last season thanks to a win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Can you explain why it's not going well for the northern clubs at present?

Pizarro: No, I can't explain it. I've often asked myself why these clubs are not as strong as they were a few years ago, but I really don't know.

"I've got a lot of catching up to do in the race for the Torjägerkanone!"

bundesliga.com: As the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign marksman, there's no doubting your qualities as a goalscorer. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Anthony Modeste lead the current scoring charts. Who's going to win the race for the Torjägerkanone?

Pizarro: I think it's a two-way battle between Aubameyang and my former teammate Robert Lewandowski. Unlike the other candidates, they have the advantage of playing for clubs that play attacking football and score lots of goals.

bundesliga.com: Level with Aubameyang on 12 goals, 1. FC Köln striker Anthony Modeste is a surprise name on the list. How do you rate the Frenchman?

Pizarro: Modeste is having a fantastic season and 1. FC Köln have made great progress. They're showing just how strong they are at the moment.

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bundesliga.com: Now you're back to full fitness again, have you got it in you to force your way into the reckoning?

Pizarro: Obviously that's going to be tough, but I'll try. I've got a lot of catching up to do! (laughs).

Claudio Pizarro was speaking to Alexander Barklage

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