Leon Goretzka has rewarded himself with a wonderful sideways pull after a self-provoked header rebound for his outstanding performance in Bayern’s 5-0 home win against Schalke 04. He had previously played Thomas Müller’s 2-0.
“Of course you play a different football if you are confident. You can see that not only in me, but in the whole team,” Goretzka then explained his current secret of success. (Service: TABLE of the Bundesliga)
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The special thing about Goretzka’s performance: he whirled in the position of the playmaker.
Flick relies on Goretzka instead of Coutinho
Bayern coach Hansi Flick surprised with this clever move, ordered Philippe Coutinho to the bench.
The plan worked: Goretzka revived the offensive, worked on the defensive, was strong in the ball and the linchpin of the Bayern game. (Service: GAME PLAN of the Bundesliga)
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Goretzka played with a force that was reminiscent of Michael Ballack, the former world-class playmaker, who scored 63 goals and delivered 40 assists in 157 competitive games for Bayern.
A comparison that flatters Goretzka.
Goretzka is happy about Ballack comparison
“He was an outstanding player, so there are worse things than being compared to him,” said Goretzka in an interview SPORT1 and added confidently: “I can understand the comparisons somewhere because the style of play is similar.”
But what exactly is this playing style? “Being physically present in the box, being a customer for flanks, playing the ball outwards and walking afterwards,” said Goretzka, revealing: “I played more aggressively today. This is a position that I also like myself can imagine well in the future. “
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It is possible that this wish will be fulfilled. Also because Thiago and Joshua Kimmich harmonized behind him and Flick is a great supporter of Goretzka anyway.
If Goretzka’s run continues, there should be no way around it in the near future. After only one goal participation in eight first round games, Goretzka was already involved in four goals in the first two games of the second half of the season (one goal, three assists).
Salihamidzic praises Goretzka
“Compliments. He played a very good game. If he performs like he is today, he is a very important player. He gave the team that certain something and took responsibility,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic SPORT1-Demand.
After the Bayern gala, Goretzka also had nothing to complain about against his former club: “It was a nice evening. A lot of things went together.”
Also the comparisons with Ballack.