Bayern midfielder Leon Goretzka looked back on the difficult time under ex-coach Niko Kovac. He also talked about his move to Munich and the Champions League final he won last year. In addition, the penalty for Alphonso Davies was announced after he was sent off. News and rumors about FC Bayern can be found here.
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Leon Goretzka made it clear that the time under the former Bayern coach Niko Kovac was not always easy for him: “It was an up and down, I also had a hard time personally,” he said in the FC Bayern podcast. “In my opinion, I already performed very well back then, but was thrown back by various things. On the one hand, through injuries, and on the other hand, that I was no longer on the pitch.”
Kovac looked after FCB from summer 2018 to November 2019 before he was dismissed after a 1: 5 in Frankfurt. At the latest since the second half of the 2019/20 season, Goretzka has been an undisputed regular player under his successor Hansi Flick. In the current season he has 16 points scorer in 27 games, but was slowed down by muscular problems and a corona infection.
If Goretzka is fit, he usually forms the double six with teammate and friend Joshua Kimmich: “I’ve been in this position together with Jo for some time. It works very well. I believe that we complement each other very well and deal with the complex areas of responsibility divide the position well. It is also a lot of fun. ” The fact that both of them get along so well off the pitch is “something that is very difficult to find again”.
Goretzka on Kovac time: “I found it difficult personally”
The 26-year-old “found out a lot about the best way to make such decisions and I think I’ve found a good path”. In the end, however, the decision was made by him alone. “That was very important to me. In the end, I was the one who was responsible. In the event that it worked, but even if it didn’t work, I just had to deal with myself.”
The success proves the 29-time national player, who has already played 107 games for Bayern in a relatively short time, right. The fact that Goretzka ended up in Munich was a “predetermined path”. “Because I had a clear plan relatively early on, which ended when I switched to FC Bayern. Then I arrived at what I think was the largest club in the world. I never doubted it for a second.”
Goretzka has fond memories of the Champions League victory last summer, when FC Bayern beat PSG 1-0 in the final in Lisbon. “The moment the referee whistled for the final, it was like a throwback to my childhood when you said to your colleagues: ‘Imagine we’d win the Champions League one day,'” said Goretzka back.
“Then you thought back then, ‘No, that’s so far away.’ Then at that moment I actually thought about exactly how you would say that for fun as a kid. That was surreal and for a minute it ran as a film in my head. ” He definitely wants to repeat this experience. “We want to shape an era and, ideally, win the whole thing again with the fans.”
Bayern’s full-back Alphonso Davies was suspended for two games after his red card in the 4-0 win against VfB Stuttgart. The DFB announced on Monday. The Canadian had already been sent off in the twelfth minute for gross foul play after video evidence.
The 20-year-old and the club have agreed to the ruling. Davies, like the yellow-banned Jerome Boateng, will miss the team in the top game against pursuers RB Leipzig. Davies hums the second game of his suspension against Union Berlin.