Goetze boosted by Germany form
Mario Goetze is pushing for a start in Bayern Munich's weekend meeting against Mainz after improving his fitness and confidence during the international break.
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Goetze, 21, was called up to the Germany side despite having only played only a few minutes of competitive football following the ankle injury he suffered during the UEFA Super Cup in August.
Reacting to the call-up, Bayern president Uli Hoeness said: “For all involved, it would be better if he enjoyed two full weeks of training.”
Hoeness’ comments caused a minor row, and Germany coach Joachim Loew reiterated that he “makes the calls -- and no one else."
Goetze went on to justify his involvement, playing a handful of minutes against Ireland -- while being whistled by the Germany fans in Cologne -- and 45 minutes in Germany’s 5-3 thriller against Sweden.
The playmaker was brought on with Germany 2-1 down at half-time before levelling the scoring and playing a key role in their fightback.
“Like Billy the Kid,” the German broadsheet Sueddeutsche said of his equaliser and concluded “Goetze is back!”
His form led to praise from Loew, who said: "Mario was very motivated. He did three, four extra sessions at the weekend, when the others had their time off."
Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was delighted with Goetze’s game against Sweden. “This match will boost his confidence,” he said.
Meanwhile, Goetze trained with Bayern’s reserve and did an extra shift following the training session to work on his fitness, tz reports.
At the weekend, Bayern will entertain Mainz at the Allianz Arena in Munich and, on Wednesday, the Treble holders travel to Czech to take on Viktoria Plzen in their third Champions League match of the season.