He said: "For us, Lukas has always played well. But even for Bayern, when he played, he had good performances because otherwise he would not be part of the national team.
"Podolski scored both goals for us and he has the ability to play both positions. He can come from deep in midfield and play like he did here.
"Naturally, we are pleased with the result. We had to find out where we stand as a team, because it's the first game. We are a good team, we played very well. It was a demonstration of our will, of our desire."
It was an emotional occasion for Podolski, who was born in Poland, and he said: "My dad and uncle and relatives from Poland were there in the stands.
"They're going home tonight, so that's why I went there to the stands. I didn't celebrate very much because I was born in Poland, I have a big family there, and you have to have some respect for the land.
"It was one game we won. We wanted to win, but we have to improve against Croatia. It was a bit more difficult to play against Poland two years ago, they were defensively good today, but I think they wanted to play a little bit more with us."
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Lukas Podolski scored both goals in Germany's 2-0 win over Poland
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