If someone has the expertise of how it feels to transfer from FC Schalke 04 to FC Bayern free of charge, it is Leon Goretzka. In summer 2018, the Bochum-born man turned his back on the Ruhr area to hire a German record champion in the south of the republic. Like Alexander Nübel, whose transfer from Gelsenkirchen to Munich was announced as fixed at the end of the season just under a week ago and caused controversy in football Germany.
Why give up the regular goalkeeper position at a Bundesliga club of international format, in order to possibly line up for three years at Bayern behind the undisputed number one Manuel Neuer? So the tenor with some fans and experts.
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "While Neuer also did not fully understand Nübel's decision Goretzka appeared diplomatically at the Bayern training camp in Doha. "It doesn't matter whether I can understand that," said the German international in an interview SPOX and Goal. He added: "Alex is striving for the maximum and in Germany there is nothing about FC Bayern." Nübel's intention is "to play for the best German club. Accordingly, the step is logical from my point of view." Nübel allegedly has contractually guaranteed a certain number of missions at Bayern. "Data-reactid =" 25 "> While Neuer does not seem to fully understand Nübel's decision, Goretzka was diplomatic at the Bayern training camp in Doha." It is no matter whether I can understand that, "said the German international in conversation with SPOX and Goal. He added: "Alex is striving for the maximum and in Germany there is nothing about FC Bayern." Nübel's intention is "to play for the best German club. Accordingly, the step is logical from my point of view." Allegedly, Nübel has contractually guaranteed a certain number of missions at Bayern.
Leon Goretzka: Nübel has a "clear head and clear thoughts
Goretzka, who played for three years with the goalkeeper on Schalke, is sure that his former teammate has the necessary tools, both from a psychological and sporting point of view, to gain a foothold in the top of the class over the past seven seasons.
"I think Alex is a top goalkeeper. You could tell that back when he came to Schalke from Paderborn. It quickly became apparent that he was also mentally at a certain level. That is the basic requirement for it to create at Bayern, "explained Goretzka and said:" It is certainly not easy to displace a top Bundesliga manager like Ralf Fährmann. He has proven at Schalke that he can handle pressure situations. He has the courage to get out of the back to play. That's what you would expect from a modern goalkeeper. I got to know him as a very, very good player, with a clear head and clear thoughts. "
Leon Goretzka on the Bundesliga title fight
Before the still-royal blue can prove his skills at FCB, the first half of the season is still pending, in which the Munich team's main focus is on knocking the four-point-ahead fall champion RB Leipzig off the throne.
How to do that? "By playing a good game against them," said Goretzka. "The season is still very long and there are still a lot of points to be awarded. I don't think Leipzig wins every game in the second half of the season. We have to get our points and do our job. I think it's realistic that we can do it create."
But not only in the Bundesliga, also in the Champions League, Bayern are challenged, definitely want to deliver a better round than in the previous season, in which the first round in eight years was in the round of 16. "We want to go further than last year, when we immediately got the winner in the round of 16," said the 24-year-old and added with a look to the upcoming opponent: "I was very happy about the lot. Chelsea is one attractive opponent. We are confident that we can do it. "
Leon Goretzka praises "high social competence" by Hansi Flick
Last but not least, the optimism stems from the performances shown so far under coach Hansi Flick, who took over the fortune from Niko Kovac in October and now enjoys enormous support from the team. Goretzka was also impressed by the way Flick leads the team.
"He works very meticulously, very calmly and with a high level of social competence. He looks for discussions with the players and gives everyone a good feeling," he said. "It works very well at the moment."
As a result, the midfielder would have nothing against a longer-term flick engagement, a job that goes beyond the summer. "Of course I can imagine that," Goretzka clarified when asked. "I have known him for a very, very long time and think that he will bite into the task.
Leon Goretzka: statistics at his clubs
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