Mario Götze is back in the Bundesliga. The former star of FC Bayern and BVB has joined Eintracht Frankfurt for the new season after his adventure abroad. The 30-year-old will be officially introduced to the Adlerträger on Tuesday afternoon.
sport.de accompanies today’s PK with Mario Götze after his move to Eintracht Frankfurt at this point from 1:30 p.m. in the detailed live ticker!
+++ Götze on contact with Coach Glasner +++
“It’s important for me to make friends quickly, to get into the system quickly in order to bring my strengths to bear. I’ve already talked to Oliver Glasner about that.”
+++ Götze on his skills against defensive opponents +++
“In the end, the coach always decides how we want to play. My strengths are in the last third against deep opponents, finding space in narrow gaps, I want to make my contribution, have an impact on success, perform well and win games .”
+++ Götze on the Europa League miracle of the SGE +++
“It wasn’t just good last season, it’s been impressive for years. Winning this trophy was impressive, it was the highlight. You shared the excitement. Sensational performance.”
+++ Götze on the media crowd and the expectations +++
“I see the great attention as appreciation. But my focus is on the club. I’m excited about the league, the upcoming challenges. The focus is on what’s to come.”
+++ Götze on the reasons for his move +++
“The overall package convinced me. The sporting development, the stadium, the fans, the league.”
+++ Götze on the first day of training +++
“It was very, very positive. Good weather, good training ground. Lots of fans. I’m very happy.”
+++ Mario Götze is here +++
The photographers surround the 2014 world champion, then he is allowed to sit down and the press conference can begin.
+++ Götze takes his time +++
We are waiting for things, but the star newcomer, who trained with his new colleagues for the first time in the morning, is not there yet. Götze should come any minute.
+++ It’s about to start! +++
Immediately Mario Götze enters the podium.
+++ There was already a lot going on on Tuesday morning +++
Europa League winner Eintracht Frankfurt started the pre-season this morning. Götze, who came from PSV Eindhoven for around three million euros, was the focus of the first team training session. The midfielder had found his way back in Eindhoven in the past two years after difficult years. The final goalscorer from 2014 has a three-year contract with the Hessian Bundesliga club.
After the performance tests on Monday, coach Oliver Glasner welcomed Götze and newcomer Lucas Alario (29) to the pitch in front of hundreds of fans. The national players, who were last in action, will start training next Monday. Kevin Trapp and Filip Kostic will have a longer break until July 7th. However, the future of the Serb is open, he is said to be about to move to Juventus.
Eintracht will play their first competitive game on August 1 in the DFB Cup at 1. FC Magdeburg. After the Bundesliga opener against record champions Bayern Munich (5 August), the Hessians travel to Helsinki for the UEFA Supercup against Champions League winners Real Madrid (10 August).
+++ Sports director explains Götze transfer +++
“Mario has a lot of skills that we need to achieve our goals. He’s dangerous in goal, able to play the last ball and has a lot of experience. We need that,” sporting director Markus Krösche praised the Rio World champion around his signature on the Main a few days ago.
+++ Eintracht Frankfurt will not become Eintracht Götze +++
With Mario Götze, a very big name recently decided to move to SGE. The transfer of the 30-year-old will not have any impact on the game, as Glasner emphasized. “I’m happy that I can now work with Mario and that we were able to get him excited about our project. For Mario, like for every other player, it’s important to get to know the group, to get to know our game system.”
His coaching team will try to “integrate Götze’s strengths into our functioning system. That’s important.” But: “We will not align our style of play with Mario Götze or anyone else.”
+++ Frankfurt is training again +++
Yesterday, Monday, Oliver Glasner started preparing for the new season with his protégés. Today we should go out on the pitch together for the first time.
In terms of squad planning, the SBU already seems to be in good shape. “If we stay together like this, then I don’t think we’ll do anything anymore. If we don’t lose any more regular players from last season, then I’ll be very happy as a coach. Then we’ve strengthened fantastically,” said Glasner.