Out of favour Bayern Munich playmaker Mario Gotze received praise from Germany national team coach Joachim Low, who believes that the 23-year-old can turn his season around.
Gotze starred in Germany’s 4-1 thrashing of Italy on Tuesday, scoring a brilliant header and boasting a pass success rate of 100%. The win was particularly significant as it was Germany’s first over the Azzurri in 21 years.
The former Dortmund attacker has made only 12 starts for Bayern Munich this season due to injury and indifferent form, but national team manager Joachim Low believes that Gotze’s performance against Antonio Conte’s side is an indication that the German is ready to turn his season around.
“Mario earned this [performance] himself,” Low was quoted as saying in the Guardian. “I can understand why he may be playing less at Bayern at the moment because they have a great squad and he was injured for a long time.
“But Mario has worked hard in the past weeks, he did individual training sessions to get back to his best and I hope the game today gave him the self-confidence he needs for the coming weeks.”
Should Gotze stick with Bayern?
Gotze is said to have fallen out of favour with Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, after having made it to the starting eleven just once since October. Unsurprisingly, the youngster is said to be looking for a move away from the Allianz Arena in search of more regular game time.
However, Guardiola leaves Bayern Munich at the end of the season and Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over at the club from the start of the 2016/17 campaign. While reports from the German and the English media suggest that Gotze is eager to play under Jurgen Klopp again at Liverpool, Ancelotti’s reputation as a great man manager cannot be ignored. The Italian manager may well be the perfect person to turn Gotze’s career around at Bayern Munich.