Leverkusen – Think Bayer 04 Leverkusen, think Stefan Kießling. The German striker has been on the goalscoring prowl for die Werkself for a decade, not only netting by the bucketload but all the time enhancing his reputation as one of the most distinct professionals in the Bundesliga.
In an exclusive interview with bundesliga.com, the 31-year-old discussed what was not necessarily an easy season, the losses of Simon Rolfes, Stefan Reinartz and Gonzalo Castro this winter, as well as his club's new arrivals and a former team-mate now back in the Bundesliga – Arturo Vidal.
bundesliga.com: Do you think the new signings have settled in well enough for you to latch on to your performances from the second half of last season?
Kießling: We're certainly going to have to wait and see how things go. Everything can look perfect in warm-up matches, but that's no guarantee that it will work just as well when the season starts. We've worked well on the whole and played some very good games against Levante and Verona, in which we did pretty much all that we had planned. The real art of football is to deliver these performances right from the start, and game in, game out. I hope we've learnt this and we don't need six or seven games to get it right.