Gotze delighted with his return

The 25-year-old has finally rejoined his team on the field after enduring a difficult rehab from a metabolic disorder

After missing the second half of the 2016-17 season with, Mario Gotze is back for Borussia Dortmund. 

The German international played his first minutes since February in his club’s pre-season friendly against Japanese side Urawa Reds on Saturday, an appearance that made all of Gotze’s hard rehabilitation work worthwhile. 

“it was not so easy for me the last months, so it was a good moment for me,” Gotze told Perform Group Portals about his return to action.

Gotze endured a difficult 2016-17 campaign in his first season back with Dortmund following a move from Bayern Munich. The 25-year-old managed just 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.

In March, he was diagnosed with myopathy — a rare disorder that causes muscle weakness and fatigue, and he began rehab immediately.

“I had my special program, which intensified day by day and week by week,” Gotze said.

“It was an individual plan, so I spent the last five months training, [going] running and [doing] much work in the gym. I intensified it step by step and week by week.

After a long time away from the squad Gotze was finally able to rejoin his team-mates in pre-season, with the club currently on a tour of Japan and China.

“Yes, it has been a superb moment, definitely,” Gotze said of his return to the first-team set-up.

“I have been in rehab for five months, so I could not train with the team and have not been with the team. So this just makes it more beautiful for me to be with the team again and train with them.”

Gotze has returned under a new boss, as Peter Bosz has replaced Thomas Tuchel at the helm for BVB.

“He has made a good impression on me,” Gotze said of the Dutch manager. 

“He is very open and has a very, very good philosophy. I think his ideas are an advantage for us and we will have fun with him and his team.”

Dortmund have said they will be cautious with Gotze as he continues working toward full strength. 

For now, the player who scored a World Cup-winning goal at the age of 22 has more modest goals for the upcoming 2017-18 season. 

“It is very simple,” Gotze said. “I want to be healthy and able to play. That’s the only aim I have at the moment.”

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Bayern Hold Sizeable Advantage While Dortmund Have Work To Do

Mario Gotze’s former club Bayern Munich have one foot in the quarter-final of the Champions League after they hammered Arsenal 5-1 on Wednesday evening at the Allianz Arena in the first leg of their last 16 tie with the Premier League club. Barring a miracle, the German champions should be in the draw for the next stage of the competition.

Arjen Robben gave the German side the lead after 11 minutes when he cut inside on his left foot before striking past David Ospina in the visitors’ goal. Despite dominating the opening third of the tie, Arsenal levelled through Alexis Sanchez. The Chilean missed his initial penalty but was quick to react to convert the rebound.

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In the second half, Bayern hit top gear as they went through Arsenal like a hot knife through butter. Robert Lewandowski headed home to make it 2-1. Thiago made it 4-1 with a brace in the space of just seven minutes, while the scoring was completed by Thomas Muller who came off the bench later in the game.

It looks like it is going to be another successful season for Bayern Munich as they are seven points clear at the top of the German league and as a result are as short as 1/100 in the Bundesliga betting, while they remain in the DFB Portal where they have a quarter-final tie with Schalke 04 to look forward to.

Dortmund, on the other hand, have work to do at home in their return fixture against Benfica if they are to remain in the Champions League this season as they trail the Portuguese club 1-0. Gotze missed the opening game through a muscular injury but is expected to be back for the fixture at the Westfalenstadion.

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Kostas Mitroglou scored Benfica’s only goal three minutes after the interval on Tuesday evening. He was able to guide home Luisao’s header from close range to beat Roman Burki. Dortmund had the opportunity to level the scores from the penalty spot but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hit his spot-kick straight at Ederson in the hosts’ goal.

Dortmund finished qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League as the top scorers this season as they ended their campaign in Group F with 21 goals from their six games where they finished above Real Madrid in the standings.

Thomas Tuchel will be concerned with the form of his side as they have now won just two of their last seven fixtures in all competitions. The German will be hoping Gotze can return for their Bundesliga tie against Wolfsburg, while Dortmund have away trips to Freiburg and Sportfreunde Lotte later this month, the latter being in the DFB Cup after they beat Hertha on penalties in the last 16.

Tuchel has recently been linked with replacing Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the summer, if the Frenchman decides to walk away from the Emirates Stadium. All that will be on the German’s mind for now though, will be progressing past Benfica in the Champions League and improving their domestic form over the next few weeks.

Borussia Dortmund have enough firepower to challenge Bayern Munich

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Borussia Dortmund attempt to break Bayern Munich’s stranglehold of the Bundesliga was kickstarted with a 6-0 hammering of Darmstadt 98 at the Westfalenstadion. A brace from Gonzalo Castro along with strikes from Adrian Ramos, Christian Pulisic, Sebastian Rode and Emre Mor handed Thomas Tuchel’s men their second emphatic victory of the week.

Dortmund had also put six goals past Legia Warsaw in their Champions League opener three days earlier to get firing in front of goal again after being shut out by RB Leipzig. BVB suffered a shock defeat at the hands of the Die Bullen as Naby Keita struck an 89th-minute winner to secure the three points for the newly-promoted outfit.

The result left Tuchel’s men needing a victory to avoid falling further behind Bayern, and they duly delivered, although the task remains an uphill challenge to overthrow Carlo Ancelotti’s side at the top. In the latest Bet365 Bundesliga betting odds Dortmund are backed at 7/1 to triumph for the first time since the 2011/12 season.

Winning the league would be a remarkable feat given the turmoil the club endured over the summer as three key players Mats Hummels, Ilkay Gundogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan left the Westfalenstadion. Mario Gotze, Andre Schurrle, Marc Bartra, Mor and Rode were among the names were brought in to fill the void.

Gotze was one of the rare cases to move back from Bayern having been unable to secure regular football at the Allianz Arena in his three years at the club. Tuchel plugged the 24-year-old into the team to fill the void of the departed Gundogan against Leipzig where he struggled, although he rebounded with his best performance of 2016 in the demolition of Legia Warsaw.

One of the main factors in a potential push for the Bundesliga crown will be the form of Gotze. The German international’s career stalled during his time with Bayern as he was shunted around the team, being used in several different positions, including as a central striker. Pep Guardiola persisted with him in the role, where he has also been deployed for Die Mannschaft.

He has not suited the position, often dropping too deep to search for possession rather than making runs in behind the defence. Gotze’s best attribute is his passing ability and Tuchel has sought to use him behind either Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Adrian Ramos in attack, which in time will bring out the best in the 24-year-old.

Should the midfielder get back to his peak form he can be the driving force for a surge towards the title as Dortmund have enough attacking talent such as Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele, Schurrle, Pulisic, Mor and Castro to keep scoring pace with Bayern at the top.

The one area of concern for Tuchel will be at the back, with Hummels potentially being the difference between the two clubs in the race for the Bundesliga crown. Bartra was brought in to replace the Germany international, but was only a squad player in his time at Barcelona. The question of whether he can raise the level of his game for the entire season to keep opposing forwards at bay will play a huge factor in Dortmund’s bid to end Bayern’s dominance.

Euro 2016: make or break for Gotze’s career at Bayern?

It’s been an up-and-down couple of years for Mario Gotze. The Bayern Munich midfielder scored the winning goal in the 2014 World Cup final but has been cast aside by Pep Guardiola this season. While some may attribute Guardiola’s hostility to the fact that he has already agreed to join Manchester City at the end of the season, his frostiness towards Gotze could indicate that he – and many in the Bayern hierarchy – believe that the young German simply isn’t good enough to start for the Bundesliga champions.

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When Gotze scored that career-defining goal for Germany against Argentina just two years ago, many believed that the former Borussia Dortmund man would go on to mature into one of the very best midfielders on the planet. Unfortunately, so far, it hasn’t panned out that way, with Bayern instead relying on the likes of Arturo Vidal and Thiago Alcantara. Gotze played just 1064 minutes of football for the Bavarians this season and reports suggest that new manager Carlo Ancelotti has told Gotze to look elsewhere for first team football.

Gotze’s Germany are currently priced at 7/2 in Bet365’s Euro 2016 betting markets and the Bayern man could play a key role for Joachim Loew’s side once again. The Germany national team boss is a huge fan of Gotze but the player’s lack of match fitness could hinder his chances of making a major impact for Germany this summer. If Loew gives him the opportunity, Gotze has the talent to succeed but it’s all ‘ifs and buts’ right now – and it would be foolish to expect Loew to start Gotze on a regular basis after his hit-and-miss campaign for Bayern this season.

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However, Gotze will be desperate to start for Loew’s side this summer, as he looks to make a positive impression on Ancelotti. The new Bayern boss will be watching his players carefully throughout the competition and the midfielder may be able to win the Italian over if he puts in some strong performances. The 23 year old is capable of producing a moment of magic but his progress has been hindered by a lack of first team action. Who knows, he could surprise us all and lead Germany to back-to-back major titles.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Mario Gotze has plenty of potential and he would be a real asset in any side. Unfortunately, he hasn’t really fitted in at Bayern Munich since leaving Borussia Dortmund but he’s certainly capable of winning Ancelotti over. On his day, Gotze is a supreme star and ranks as one of the top midfield prospects in the world. Bayern should keep him on their books as, at just 23 years old, he still has plenty of time to mature into a truly great player. And with Ancelotti’s guidance, you wouldn’t bet against Gotze having a long and successful career at the Allianz Arena just yet…

Gotze’s Stats and Performance for the 2015-2016 Football Season

At 23 years old, German football player Mario Götze has been considered as one of the best young athletes of the sport. Possessing technique, speed, dribbling skills and other strong abilities necessary in the game, Götze has been described by former German Football Association technical director Matthias Sammer as “one of the best talents Germany has ever had.”

However, the Bayern Munich and German national team attacking midfielder has been struggling to gain a regular starting place under Pep Guardiola. Moreover, he is expected to leave the Bundesliga champions by the end of the season.

With just 21 appearances this season, Götze’s soccer stats is not looking good. Moreover, Bayern Munich’s new boss Carlo Ancelloti has informed the attacking midfielder that his situation is not likely to change once he takes over the team on the following term.

Mario Götze Career Stats For the Season

Legend: A-Goal Assists; Appear-Appearance; Comp-Competition; FC-Fouls Committed; FS-Fouls Suffered; G-Total Goals; Oppo-Opponent; RC-Red Cards; Res-Result; SG-Shots on Target; SH-Total Shots; YC-Yellow Cards

TEAM GS SB G A SH SG FC FS YC RC
Germany 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Bayern 16 8 8 4 31 19 29 13 1 0
Season Totals 17 9 9 4 32 20 29 13 1 0

Mario Götze Appearances For the Season

TEAM OPPO DATE COMP RES APPEAR
Bayern H – Hannover 14 May 2016 Bund W 3-1 Started
Bayern A – Ingolstadt 7 May 2016 Bund W 1-2 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Atletico 3 May 2016 UCL D 2-1 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Gladbach 30 Apr 2016 Bund D 1-1 Sub-Off 61 min
Bayern A – Atletico 27 Apr 2016 UCL L 1-0 Unused Substitute
Bayern A – Hertha 23 Apr 2016 Bund W 0-2 Started
Bayern H – Bremen 19 Apr 2016 Ger Cup W 0-2 Sub-Off 59 min
Bayern H – Schalke 16 Apr 2016 Bund W 3-0 Started
Bayern A – Benfica 13 Apr 2016 UCL W 2-2 Sub-On 90 min
Bayern A – Stuttgart 9 Apr 2016 Bund W 1-3 Sub-Off 68 min
Bayern H – Benfica 5 Apr 2016 UCL W 1-0 Substitute
Bayern H – Frankfurt 2 Apr 2016 Bund W 1-0 Started
Germany H – Italy 29 MAR 2016 Int W 4-1 Sub-off 60 min
Germany H – England 26 MAR 2016 Int L 2-3 Sub-On 78 min
Bayern A – Cologne 19 Mar 2016 Bund W 0-1 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Juventus 16 Mar 2016 UCL W 4-2 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Bremen 12 Mar 2016 Bund W 5-0 Sub-Off 53 min
Bayern A – Dortmund 5 Mar 2016 Bund D 0-0 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Mainz 2 Mar 2016 Bund L 1-2 Unused Substitute
Bayern A – Wolfsburg 27 Feb 2016 Bund W 0-2 Unused Substitute
Bayern A – Juventus 23 Feb 2016 UCL D 2-2 Unused Substitute
Bayern H – Darmstadt 20 Feb 2016 Bund W 3-1 Unused Substitute

“Bayern isn’t showing any faith in Gotze”

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One of the best Borussia Dortmund’s players in the last few years is struggling for confidence in his “new” club – Bayern Munich.

Mario Gotze’s agent publicly stated the fact that the German giant isn’t showing enough faith for the young player, causing the 23-year-olds low self esteem.

“It is natural that he was disappointed and he reflected afterwards, of course, I sometimes wished that Mario would have got more backing. As a player you are wondering: ‘Why am I not playing as a starter?’ Mario explicitly went to Bayern in order to play such great matches and win titles.”

“No. Mario did not even think about a summer exit for a second, he is an unbelievably professional footballer who works very hard. Many people don’t see that at all. I think the evaluation of his two years at Bayern is often incorrect. He played around 50 games each season and won four titles. And you should never forget that he recently became only 23 years old.”

“I am convinced: if Mario feels confidence it is easier for him to bring his unbelievable potential on the field. Then he will be one of the best players in the world.” – Volker Struth told to “Bild”.

Pep: Gotze is great, but Messi is the best

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“He’s probably the best 21 year old German attacker, but he’s not good as Barcelona’s most important player – Messi” – says Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola says that Mario has to work much harder to be compared with one of the best players in the World – Lionel Messi.
He impressed Bayern with his incredible performances in Borussia Dortmund, and was immediatly transfered to the Bavarians the next season.

Despite his performances, Guardiola is saying that people shouldn’t expect him to play on the same level as Messi, as he is still 21 years old.

“There are no comparisons between him and Messi. Lionel is the best player in history,” the Spaniard told reporters. He is in his first year here, which is not easy, but he has done well, played well.”

“He’s only 21 and he can still improve. He is already one of the best players in Germany. I try to help him, but Messi is at another level.”

Beckenbauer said that Pep Guardiola is not using Mario Gotze on the position where he proved is best. Gotze responded on that by saying that he has nothing against playing as a striker and that he’ll play wherever the coach wants him, to help the team.

Bayern Munchen is on a good path to show the same they did last season, they are first placed in Bundesliga, running 20 points to second placed Borussia Dortmund. In Champions league knock-out first leg, they won against Arsenal on away with 0-2.

Mario helped them this season a lot. In Bundesliga, in 18 matches he scored 6 times and made same number of assists. In Champions league, in 6 matches he scored 3 times and made 1 assist. While in cup, in two matches made 2 assists. These statistics are showing how important Gotze is important to Munich club.

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Lionel Messi is 26 years old while Gotze is 21, and there is no way these players can be compared as they are not the same type. While statistics shows that Gotze is good on position of attacker, so what Beckenbauer said leaves us questioning what he wanted to say.

Mario still frustrated after missing chances in the game

The 20-year-old German national player speaks to the press to reveal that he is still frustrated for the chances he missed agains Malaga C.F.

In the first leg match, Borussia played 0-0 against the Spanish football club. It was a very hard and interesting to watch game. If you are looking for a site where to bet on Soccer visit TopBet.eu. In the second leg, Borussia has beaten Malaga with 3-2, by Santana scoring a suspicious “deal-braking” goal.

“I could’ve helped the team out a great deal by scoring at least one goal,” he told reporters after the match. “It’s a shame that I wasn’t able to do that. We still have to be satisfied with the result and we still have a return leg.” – Gotze.

“We showed a good performance for an away match and created several decent chances,” said Gundogan. “Mario had three or four and he usually puts at least one of those away. It wasn’t meant to be but it was also important to keep a clean sheet.”

However, despite Mario’s misses, Borussia still managed to beat Malaga at home, and by that, secure their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Reus impressed Dortmund

The former Borussia Mochengladbach man impressed in the cup outing, and is raring to go ahead of the season curtain raiser against Werder Bremen on Friday.

Marco Reus is desperate to get the Bundesliga season underway after bagging his first goal for Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal against Oberneuland on Saturday.

The 23-year-old, who joined the Mario Gotze’s team from Borussia Monchengladbach for €17 million over the summer, struck first in BVB’s comfortable 3-0 win at the Weserstadion.

As well as being happy to have put in a good showing, Reus admitted that he cannot wait to play in front of a full house at Signul Iduna Park when his club face Werder Bremen on Friday night.

“I was pleased that I had a good game”, he is quoted as saying by derwestern.de. ”To get the early goal was very important and it was a great way to start the game.

“Quite simply, these fans are unbelievably great,” he continued to Bild. “It was a great taster ahead of Friday, when we will play against Werder in front of 80,000. I really can’t wait.”

The season curtain raiser against the Bremen side kicks off at 20:30CET.