A few days before the announcement of the World Cup squad by national coach Hansi Flick, Mario Götze inspired other advocates.
"For me, Mario Götze is an absolute world-class player. The way he moves between the lines is impressive. He's very difficult to defend," Augsburg manager and 1990 world champion Stefan Reuter praised the World Cup hero from Rio de Janeiro in 2014. "If "You play as bravely as we do, you have to be close. But he's got a radar around him, so he'll play right out of the press or smack the ball on first contact."
"He plays a lot of important balls"
Augsburg's coach Enrico Maassen praised him as a "pressing breaker". "He plays an extremely large number of important balls for us and solves many situations. That helps us enormously to get out of pressure situations," said teammate Ansgar Knauff, describing Götze's qualities.
The scorer of the World Cup final goal against Argentina eight years ago chatted with Reuter in the stadium catacombs after the Bundesliga game. "I paid him a big compliment for his sensational development and congratulated him on a very strong season," said Reuter.
In addition to Götze's appearance, he also highlighted the performance of Augsburg's goalscorer Mergim Berisha. "They are both absolute top players. Mergim works extremely well for us," the Augsburg manager praised the German U21 European champions, who are at least considered outsiders at the World Cup.