When FC Bayern visit VfL Bochum on Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m.), it will be more than just a game for attacking player Milos Pantovic. Before reuniting with his youth club, the 25-year-old spoke about his emotions.
“I as a player have the time [beim FC Bayern, Anm. d. Red.] very shaped. All the things that you experience in football, I experienced for the first time at Bayern – the first successes, failures, the first serious injuries – that’s when you learn as a player to develop and grow,” said the Bochumer in an interview with the FC Bayern club website.
He particularly remembers his Bundesliga debut in 2016 under Pep Guardiola: “It was a moment that I will never forget, which also made me the champion, even if I didn’t play a huge part, of course. It’s still a fine story “, he finds.
The first duel with his former club in the Bundesliga was not quite as fine. In the first leg in Munich in September, the newly promoted team lost 7-0.
Pantovic: Bundesliga against FC Bayern “even nicer”
“We didn’t know exactly where we were at that point. We then got a good idea of what could happen in Munich. So I’m convinced that things will go better this time,” Pantovic is optimistic.
The Serb, who was born in Germany, has also settled in well personally in the upper house and even made headlines with two sensational long-range goals.
In a Bochum team that is doing quite well in the relegation battle with 25 points, this is not the only reason why he has developed into a solid support. In the everyday life of the Bundesliga, which is slowly becoming familiar, games against FC Bayern are still special for Pantovic. “When you play against the biggest club in Germany and one of the biggest in Europe, against the best players in the world, it’s obviously a few percent nicer.”