Podolski told FourFourTwo magazine: "He was unlucky and had a few injuries. He did well in training.
"Off the pitch we spent a lot of time together, going for dinner. But sometimes football is like that, or you find a manager who gives you more confidence.
"Serge can shoot with both feet, and he is powerful and quick – a bit like me, only I don't have a right foot like him! I'm really pleased that he's doing well at Bayern."