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  • 'It won't be like Renato's' - Bayern's G...

    Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka is expecting a mixed reception when he returns to former club Schalke for the first time on Saturday. The Germany international, who joined Bayern on a free transfer in June, is looking forward to going back to Gelsenkirchen after being pen...

    'It won't be like Renato's' - Bayern's Goretzka prepares for Schalke return

    Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka is expecting a mixed reception when he returns to former club Schalke for the first time on Saturday. The Germany international, who joined Bayern on a free transfer in June, is looking forward to going back to Gelsenkirchen after being pencilled in for a starting spot. However, Goretzka does not anticipate receiving the same positive reaction from supporters which Bayern team-mate Renato Sanches enjoyed at Benfica in the Champions League in midweek. "I think it will be similar to my departure,” Goretzka told Kicker. “There are two camps, the ones who wish you the best and who have understood my change a bit, and the others who are expressing their dissatisfaction. It will be the same on Saturday. “I guess it will not be quite like Renato’s (return to Benfica). "For sure this is a special game for me. Personally, I'm just looking forward to coming back to Gelsenkirchen and seeing the old boys again."  "I arrived here very well, had very good, intense weeks to start, I am doing very well, I feel accepted."  Goretzka’s only start of the season so far came in a 3-0 win at Stuttgart on September 1, but Bayern coach Niko Kovac confirmed the player will face his old club. Kovac, who left Goretzka out of his squad for the subsequent victory over Bayer Leverkusen and then used him as a late substitute in the Champions League win against Benfica, said the 23-year-old had done enough to earn a start this weekend. "Leon Goretzka is playing well so far," Kovac told reporters. "He has integrated well in the team. I'm convinced that he will do well tomorrow and will be in the starting 11. Kovac wants his side to put in another dominant performance against Schalke, but admitted it will be a tough assignment for his players. "Against Schalke we want to pick up where we left off last week against Leverkusen. I'm expecting an aggressive, intensive match. "If we play our best, we can win this game too. Otherwise it will be difficult." Kovac will hope Goretzka can emulate team-mate Sanches by scoring against his old employers, with the Portuguese midfielder netting against Benfica on Wednesday. Sanches scored Bayern's second in the 2-0 triumph as he made his first start for the German champions since May 2017. Kovac praised Sanches and gave a positive assessment of his squad's fitness ahead of the trip to Gelsenkirchen. "Renato did very well against Benfica. He justified the faith we have put in him and he will play regularly in the coming weeks." "Every player that went to Lisbon is fit. The only absentees from the squad are [Kingsley] Coman, Rafinha and [Corentin] Tolisso. Otherwise everyone is fit and will be available tomorrow."

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  • Matthaus should stop trampling on Gotze,...

    Mario Gotze might not have played a single minute of competitive football this season, but he does not merit criticism from Lothar Matthaus, according to Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO. Matthaus has come down hard on the player in recent days, indicating that if th...

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    Mario Gotze might not have played a single minute of competitive football this season, but he does not merit criticism from Lothar Matthaus, according to Hans-Joachim Watzke, Borussia Dortmund’s CEO. Matthaus has come down hard on the player in recent days, indicating that if the player who scored the World Cup-winning goal in 2014 is to thrive once again, he will have to depart Dortmund. The Germany icon says that level is currently “behind” the 26-year-old, who is “missing quality” and the opportunity to play in a position that he can thrive in. Watzke, however, has taken exception to these comments. “I know that Lothar Matthaus earns his money as a pundit and has to put forward provocative theories, but it would be nice, if one of the greatest players that Germany ever had, he could leave Mario alone and not trample on him,” the CEO said. “Mario is doing the right things: he trains well, he does not let up, he gives to the team, he’s totally focused, he’s an important part of our squad and I’m sure he’ll play some great games for BVB this season.” New head coach Lucien Favre has yet to use the playmaker, who was forced to watch in frustration as Dortmund beat Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 on Friday. “I know for sure that the coach has a very high opinion of him and will use him, as he clearly said after the match,” Watzke confirmed. Since moving back to BVB in 2016, Gotze has managed fewer than 50 appearances and has mustered only four goals in all competitions.

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