Mario Götze has been playing in the Eredivisie for two years and is therefore a bit off the German radar. At PSV Eindhoven, Götze revived his previously stalled career – and now explains in the podcast kicker meets DAZN a few reasons for this.
Moreover, the 2014 world champion talks about his former coaches Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola and what a – possibly last – career goal could be.
“I had four different coaches at Dortmund in four years. It wasn’t satisfying for me as a player. We only won the cup once in four years: that was pretty slim,” Götze said of his second phase at BVB, where he then got stuck in a sort of stalemate and needed a change. After his departure, he had, among other things, strongly criticized ex-coach Lucien Favre.
“They wanted me to be a little calmer. I also wanted to see another league. That’s why it was a good step for me – also in combination with the German coach and the other German players,” Götze explains after his transfer. Holland. “The change was very positive for me. Another position in the Bundesliga would also have been possible. But what the coach plans was important for me.”
Götze: ‘Roger is even more extreme than Pep’
In Roger Schmidt, Götze found a coach in Eindhoven who, unlike the coaches at BVB, was able to get him back on track. “He helped me a lot. I found it interesting to see how he adapted the RB concept to his philosophy of organizing training and the way he wants to play. High pressing, defending in front, playing in his half if possible: I learned a lot there. Roger is even more extreme than Pep.”
Götze absolutely wanted to work with Guardiola, as he repeated again. And: “I had expectations of him since his time at Barcelona and he more than fulfilled them. This culture of performance that he placed in the team, both in games and in training: it was really good – And certainly exhausting. But it was Kloppo too. But at this level, it can’t be different.
Schmidt will soon be gone from Eindhoven (perhaps taking his protege with him?) and Götze himself can also imagine a change in the years to come. Preferably in the USA. “There is no medium or long term plan, football is too difficult and dynamic for that. But my idea is to play in Europe for as long as I can and have fun – and then maybe to go back to America. That would be great.”