The fact that Mario Götze cuts a fine figure after his return to the Bundesliga should not have escaped the notice of very few. However, he does not want to deal with the topic of the World Cup.
“That’s not an issue for me. I don’t want to talk about it anymore. I’m concentrating on the club and what’s happening here,” said Götze on Saturday in the current sports studio ZDF. “It’s a side effect. But the focus is on unity. I want to enjoy it and help the team.”
In Eintracht Frankfurt’s convincing 4-0 home win over cup winners RB Leipzig, he probably delivered his previous masterpiece. Götze was directly involved in two goals and shone as a passing station, ball distributor and idea generator.
One reason for Götze’s good form is certainly his fitness, which allows him to go enormous distances. With a running distance of 56.1 kilometers, the 30-year-old occupies eighth place among all Bundesliga players in this category, with all those in front of him, apart from Joshua Kimmich (7th place), having played more minutes under their belts.
Glasner demands: “Let Mario be Mario”
“Let Mario be Mario and let the team boss make his decisions,” recommends Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner. “Let’s leave him alone.”
Felix Kroos, brother of real star Toni and former Bundesliga professional at Union Berlin, sees it similarly. “You should let him do it, then we as Germany will also benefit from it. Mario has received enough compliments,” said Kroos in a one-two sports1.
Götze’s last senior international match was almost five years ago. He came on as a substitute in the 65th minute of the 2-2 draw against France in Cologne and set up Lars Stindl’s equalizer in the 90th.