Spain international Javi Martinez believes the game between Bayern Munich and Dortmund is a 'clasico' and admitted he kept the ball with which he scored his first Bundesliga goal.
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Javi Martinez took time to adapt to life in the Bundesliga following his big-money move from Athlretic Bilbao in the summer, and the defensive midfielder has only started six of Bayern's 13 Bundesliga games so far this term. It has been a different story in Europe, however, where Martinez has started all five of Bayern's Champions League games.
Martinez made his mark in the German league on Saturday when he scored his first goal for his new club with a fabulous bicycle kick. "I don't know if this has been my most beautiful goal so far," Martinez said during a press conference ahead of Bayern's midweek trip to Freiburg. "I scored quite a few good goals in Bilbao. "It is a special ball for me. I've scored my first league goal with it. It will be on my trophy board someday." The World Cup and European championship-winner also had praise for Bastian Schweinsteiger, his new partner at the heart of the Bayern midfield.
"Bastian Schweinsteiger has been a great help to me, as partner in midfield and as a team-mate," Martinez said. "He is instrumental for the team, on and off the pitch."
The 24-year-old is looking forward to his first encounter with Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, who visit the Allianz Arena this weekend.
"Bayern against Dortmund is a 'clasico'," he added. "Even in Spain I watched it. Those are the two best German clubs after all."