Eindhoven (AP) – Trainer Roger Schmidt does not think that the injury sustained in the Europa League will force Mario Götze to rest.
“Muscle problems. I hope he is there, but we have to wait for the tests”, Schmidt said after PSV’s 2-1 draw against Granada CF, in view of Sunday’s league game against Vitesse Arnheim. The ex-Dortmund (28) had put his new club ahead on Thursday evening with his second goal in the second game before he had to leave after the break.
“I am very satisfied with Mario and he is important to our team. The fact that he has already scored two goals gives him confidence, and I can see that he is happy to be here,” Schmidt (53) said. the winner of the 2014 World Cup. Also the former international Rafael van der Vaart (37) sees Götze on his way back to his old class. “In the Netherlands, Götze can just be Mario. Leaving Germany is certainly good for him,” said the ex-Bundesliga pro at Sky Sport.
Despite the change, the Dutch press is full of praise for the new PSV star. “The Eindhovense Dagblad” stated: “PSV is much more dangerous with its German star and especially much better than when he is not there.” And ‘De Telegraaf’ writes: ‘If the playmaker continues like this in Eindhoven, the skeptics will soon be gone. In his second game after a one-month break, he is already the best player in Schmidt’s teams. He is the man for whom the football fan wants to see PSV. All dangerous moments in the first half came from the mechanic. “
“De Volkskrant” stated that PSV is “very vulnerable” without an idol. Without Götze there was little left of PSV in the second half.