Cacau enjoys ‘beautiful’ return

Stuttgart striker Cacau could not have dreamt of a better return to

the team as he netted four of his side’s goals in a 5-1 win at


The Germany international has spent over a month on the

sidelines with a groin injury, but he made a dream comeback with

four goals in just over an hour, making it difficult for coach

Christian Gross to recall Ciprian Marica when he returns from

suspension next weekend.

“I was really looking forward to this game after my long

break,” admitted Cacau. “And the way the game went makes it

particularly beautiful.

“We put them under pressure from the start and didn’t let

Cologne get into the game and then we scored an early goal.

“We then carried on in the second half and never let up.”

Cacau’s return to the team and to form could not be timed any

better with a Champions League cracker against Barcelona on


After this morale-boosting win, Cacau sees no reason why his

side should hold any fear of the Champions League holders, who

warmed up with a 4-0 victory over Racing Santander.

“We are now looking forward to Barcelona on Tuesday,” he


“We have got to gather our strength for that game and then we

may cause an upset.”

Gross praised his team for bouncing straight back after his

first defeat since taking over in December last week against


“We are delighted about this clear victory,” he said on the

club’s website.

“That was a good reaction to last week’s defeat. I think it

was a great game for the fans.”

Nevertheless, the Swiss coach still saw plenty of room for


He said: “We did not play a perfect game, but it was still

good and obviously we had an exceptional Cacau and a good Jens


But while it was a perfect day for Cacau, it was yet another

disappointing one for Cologne striker Lukas Podolski, who has now

gone over 1300 minutes without scoring.

“This is a bad time for me personally, but that can happen in

a footballer’s career,” he said.