Mario Götze was one of the best players on the field during his comeback, as Dortmund beat Wolfsburg 3-0. Here is what the 25-year-old told the Yellow Wall after the match.
Mario, it was your first game since January 2017. How are you feeling?
“It’s not like I would expect myself to go from zero to 100 in an instant. I felt great, we won, we played well. That counts. I’m definitely feeling well, although I know that there is still a lot of work ahead of me.”
How did you see the match?
“3-0 away to Wolfsburg is not bad. We always struggled here in Wolfsburg. They have a good team, which is why we’re satisfied.”
What was going through your mind when you stood on the pitch after such a long time?
“Obviously I am euphoric. It’s been six months since my last competitive match. I’m just glad to be back, that I can train and play — and that I’m back in the Bundesliga. Naturally, I set the bar for myself low because it is important to just get playing time at first. I know that I’m not at a 100 percent yet. So it was all the more important to enter this match fit and healthy — and stay it.”
What’s missing to get to a 100 percent?
“A few matches. And training.”
Is it possible that those six months might be good for something in hindsight?
“That’s a good question. I guess time will tell for what those six months have been good for. It’s a certain experience since it was an unusual situation. It definitely wasn’t easy. It’s different when you’re used to the rhythm. Now the body has to get used to the strain again.”
How far is the team at implementing the coach’s ideas?
“We’re far but not where we want to be. We still have a lot of work ahead. There are a still a lot of ideas [Peter Bosz] wants to implement and that we have to take in.”
“For example, the way we run at our opponents, the timing. the distances between the players, the philosophy [Bosz] has. For the start, he only gave us a general idea to work with, but we’re also only six months in training. It’ll only get better with time.”
You showed a much better structure in possession than in the entire pre-season. Did the coach ask the team to play more risk averse?
“I don’t know how the other matches were, how the possession statistic read then and how risky we played. In general, pre-season matches are there to try things out — which we did. Today, we knew it was important. And of course, when the Bundesliga and the important matches start, small mistakes are decisive. Which is why a Bundesliga match is a whole nother thing than pre-season.”