Defender Philipp Max (27) from PSV Eindhoven spoke highly of his team-mate Mario Götze (28). Max also commented on his relatively late DFB nomination.
“Mario knows when to play fast, slow down the game or play it backwards. His incredibly good technique and the feeling for the situation are what set him apart,” said Max in an interview at a DFB press conference SPOX and goal. He added: “You can’t train that, you either have that quality or you don’t – that’s why it’s so important to us as a team.”
According to Max, the move from Germany to the Eredivisie helped Götze noticeably. “He’s a fine guy and an outstanding footballer. I think it’s good for him to play away from Germany, where it hasn’t been easy for him in recent years,” said the 27-year-old, adding: “He’s doing it a relaxed impression and can be on or off the pitch as he likes. “
Götze had signed on with PSV shortly before the transfer window closed in October, and Max had already moved from Augsburg to the Netherlands in September for around eight million euros.
Under coach Roger Schmidt, Max advanced to the German national team and made his debut in the DFB dress against the Czech Republic on November 11th. Media calls for a Max nomination had already been loud in previous years, but as an FCA player he was denied an international match.
Max: “I think it was the right time “
Max is an undisputed regular player in Eindhoven. In the current season, the native of Viersen was used in 37 competitive games and has already contributed six goals and eleven assists. Götze, on the other hand, had been out for weeks due to a groin injury. Most recently, Schmidt often let the 2014 world champion run over 90 minutes again. After 20 games across all competitions, Götze has six goals and four assists.