Mario Gotze has received plenty of praise from his coach and fellow team mates after his goal against Greek champions Olympiakos on Wednesday. "I love Gotze," said Pep Guardiola. Pep even complimented Gotze's playing style and ability, and admitted to the vast potential Gotze has.
This comes after months of animosity between the two men and a summer full of transfer rumours revolving around Gotze's future in Bavaria. It seemed very likely that Gotze would leave in the summer as his game time was decimated after Lewandowski's arrival. Luckily, for Bayern, Gotze elected to stay at the Bavarian club as he continues his fight for game time.
Gotze, a World Cup winner, and the scorer of the decisive game-winning goal in the German triumph over Argentina last summer, was able to prove his outstanding offensive prowess again by scoring a spectacular goal past Olympiakos keeper Roberto.
However, the question of whether or not Gotze will get more game time after his goal scoring heroics is another matter. Pep Guardiola has been given an extremely difficult task of picking his starting strike force before every game.
Given a talented array of strikers and attacking midfielders such as Robert Lewandowski, Douglas Costa, Arturo Vidal and Thomas Muller, Gotze is often left out of the starting lineup. Even worse, many youngsters are also given the opportunity to play in the Bayern games while Gotze is often left warming the bench. With the return of Ribery and Robben, Gotze's opportunities to play for Bayern become even more limited.
This could be a positive turning point for Gotze's career in Bayern. The relationship between Gotze and Guardiola seems to have be mended at this point. Bayern will host Croatian darkhorse Dinamo Zagrab on September 29.