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On the spot

On the spot: Paulo Guerrero

Now a regular starter at Hamburg, the Peruvian striker spent two years on Bayern's bench. Guerrero hasn't made Hamburg fans forget club legend Uwe Seeler, but he doesn't put much stock in older role models.

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DWTV:
Whose posters did you have in your room as a boy?

Paulo Guerrero:
I didn't like posters.

DWTV:
Stickers maybe?

Paulo Guerrero:
No. But I am a big fan of Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo. They always fascinated me. They're my role models.

DWTV:
Hopefully you won't cut your hair like Ronaldo .

Paulo Guerrero:
No, everyone has their own look

Guerrero not only has the hair, he's got the game too. He showed that by scoring five goals in his first four games for Bayern back in 2004. But he's never really managed to match that fantastic form since. Known as a shy and reserved player, he says the key to finding the net is confidence.

Paulo Guerrero:
I had already scored 21 goals for Bayern Munich's amateur side. I was very proud of that. So I came into those games with a lot of confidence, and the goals just happened. My coach Felix Magath always told me: Score your goal, score your goal! That's all he asked, for me to score a goal. And I believed in myself so I always scored one or two.

DWTV:
At the age of 18 you joined a squad full of stars like Michael Ballack, Lucio, Ze Roberto and Roy Makaay. Was that more intimidating or inspiring?

Paulo Guerrero:
They inspired me. They were very good players technically. I wanted to play at their level and get better. That also gave me the confidence to play alongside them.

DWTV:
You didn't start for Bayern so you went to Hamburg. But you had trouble there at first? Why was that?

Paulo Guerrero:
It was very hard for me to leave Bayern. It was very difficult after four years. I left my son and many of my friends behind. The first year in Hamburg was very hard. In my mind, I was still in Munich. I kept asking myself: "Why did you come here?" It was hard to get used to a new city so my first year at Hamburg wasn't that successful.

DWTV:
Was coach Thomas Doll part of the problem?

Paulo Guerrero:
No, definitely not. It wasn't the coach's fault. It was mine. I didn't have enough experience. I was only 22. It was hard, but that's in the past. Now I'm living in the present and I'm very happy in Hamburg.

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