Götze: “It’s been a long process to accept that”
It has become a bit quieter around Mario Götze – because Lucien Favre now uses him regularly. Before the top match against Gladbach, the Dortmund player talks about a “long process” to more composure.
Götze only on the bench again, Götze not in the squad, Götze on the sidetrack: This endless debate is over since BVB coach Lucien Favre first plays the 2014 World Champion on the seventh matchday and since then regularly in the Bundesliga. How did Götze deal with this time when everyone talked and wrote about him?
“You’re not in there,” he says before the top match against Borussia Mönchengladbach (today, 8.30 p.m., LIVE!) at “Eurosport”, completely relaxed. “The fact that it is exploited and discussed out is nothing new for me anymore. Meanwhile I deal with it more relaxed. It was also a long process to accept that.”
What has changed? “Everyone’s there for the team.”
Götze fought for his role at Favre – “with more motivation, with even more training. I wanted to show him that I deserved my place in the team,” he looks back on the first weeks of the season. I’ve tried to get more out of myself, but on the other hand I’ve also tried to stay calm, knowing that I’m important to the team.” And Favre had the topic “well moderated”.
Whether with a lead of three or nine points, the BVB will winter as autumn champion after the turbulent pre-season. For Götze, this development is a combination of many small factors; he calls “the motivation in training that all 100 percent give, that everyone is there for the team, that we have always thrown everything into the balance offensively and defensively”, but also the necessary luck. And last but not least the team spirit: There, Götze says, “we have taken a giant step compared to the years before”.