Gotze really arrived on the scene in Germany’s victory over Sweden. Munich will definitively look forward to see him play.
Gotze didn’t make a lot of friends at Borussia Dortmund when transfer rumours about a possible trade to Bayern Munich were confirmed just one day before his former team Dortmund were about to face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final last April.
So it’s hardly surprising that Gotze’s former youth coach Marcel Raducanu, a former star player at Dortmund, had a strong opinion about his former student.
Before Arsenal’s world-class winger Podolski joined Arsenal he went from his hometown club FC Koln to Bayern Munich and then after three years back to Cologne. It was commonly considered that he couldn’t handle the pressure at Munich’s piled up forward position.
Back to Raducanu and Gotze: 'There’s no doubt about Mario’s skills, but the competition at Munich is incredible. It would have been better for him if he had stayed at Dortmund. He was the undisputed star here and had a lot of liberties. He still could have transferred to Bayern Munich at the age of 24.'
Up to this point people weren’t disagreeing with Raducanu’s strong opinion. They weren’t agreeing either. The problem was that Gotze was in some kind of no-man’s-land and no one had the opportunity to evaluate him. Gotze’s time with Dortmund ended with an injury that went on till late September. In his last week he tried to get back to game speed but hasn’t really arrived yet at Bayern Munich.
But now Munich’s management will look forward to see Gotze play. He most likely won’t fail like Podolski.
Almost forgotten because Chelsea’s Schurrle played so well in Germany’s victory over Sweden, but Gotze, coming into the game as a substitute with Sweden leading 2-1, put the pedal to the metal. From then on the German offence had more pace and a better short passing game which ultimately lead to Schurrle’s hat-trick and a marvelous goal by Gotze.
This half time showed that Gotze is back. And if he is able to leave his marks at German national team why shouldn’t he do the same at Bayern Munich?
What do you think? Are you on the same page as Raducanu? Will Gotze fail at Bayern Munich like Podolski?
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