Leipzig (dpa) – Joachim Löw sees Mario Götze’s move to PSV Eindhoven as the right decision and also sees a return of the 2014 World Cup final scorer to the national team as possible.
“We are not losing sight of him,” said the national coach in an interview with the internet portal “Sportbuzzer”. In recent weeks, he has been in frequent contact with the 28-year-old who has kept him informed.
Götze is also aiming for a DFB comeback. “I would like to play for the national team again”, he told the newspaper “Bild”: “The European Championship is a big dream for me, especially since I was not there for the first time at the last World Cup tournament of 2018. My hunger for title has become even greater. “
Götze was last in the squad three years ago and was replaced on November 14, 2017 by his 63rd international match in a 2-2 draw against France. At the World Cup in Brazil, he scored the goal of the 1-0 win against Argentina in the final and scored the DFB squad for their fourth World Cup title. When he was presented in Eindhoven, Götze had already confirmed his ambitions. “I absolutely want to go back to the national team,” he said.
At the meeting point of the current DFB selection for the last international matches of the year on Monday, DFB director Oliver Bierhoff also expressed his satisfaction with the promising start of Götze in the Netherlands. “I’m glad Mario connected quickly.” Bierhoff declared Götze “high quality”, but also delayed. “Jogi doesn’t like to bring someone back quickly. If he plays good games or is in shape, he can always be a topic for the national team. We’ll see how the season goes.” It is good to “keep all options open”.
In the 3-0 victory of Eindhoven in the Eredivisie against Willem II Tilburg, Götze scored his second goal at the Dutch championship with the aim of making it 2-0. He was also successful in the Europa League. Low is surprised by the good form of the attacking player. “That was not to be expected. He looks very fresh and very agile, the joy is visible in him. He needs that for his lightness, for his variability.”
According to Löw, the World Cup goal was a burden for Götze. “He had a backpack through for the 2014 goal, that must have been a heavy burden,” said the national coach. In Germany everything is always focused on him. With the move to the Netherlands, “he made exactly the right decision for himself – namely daring to make a fresh start outside the Bundesliga presentation plate,” said the national coach.