Predominantly used as an impact substitute throughout Bayern Munich’s treble-winning 2012/13 campaign, Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri is confident the arrival of Pep Guardiola will increase his first-team opportunities next season, according to Goal.com.
The Yugoslav-born attacker is currently enjoying a timely period of hot form, grabbing a second-half hat-trick as ‘The Bavarians’ strolled to a 13-0 win as they lifted the Paulaner Cup last week.
Although only a pre-season friendly, the 21-year-old is hopeful his stellar performance can improve his chances of featuring in an encore of Bayern’s near-invincible 2012/13 season.
"It was my first friendly match after vacation and we all had a lot of fun. I was particularly keen to be playing again at last, and I think it was obvious to everyone watching," the diminutive wide-man told the club's official website.
"I played a lot of games last season, but obviously I'm now looking to take the next step. I want to be starting the important matches too.
"Last year was superb because absolutely everything worked out. We have the potential for another superb year."
Further adding to the talent-packed Bayern squad, the £31.8m capture of Mario Gotze could spell trouble for Shaqiri. However, the former FC Basel man claims he is not threatened by the arrival of the German.
"It's not a problem, because we could play together. At the end of the day, it's the coach’s decision," the young winger reassured.
As Shaqiri looks to catch the eye of his new manager, the young Swiss admits that Gaurdiola has done likewise in the early stages of his reign.
"I really like his [Guardiola's] training sessions," he declared. "I like the football we're playing. After all, I’m a fan of attacking play.
"You do have to think a bit and listen hard to make sure you do the training right. We have to be very focused."
An important season lies ahead for the Switzerland international. Does the 21-year-old deserve to start ahead of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery?
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