The Bundesliga came to an end in a whimper for Bayern Munich, but there is still football to play for numerous first-team players. Several European players in the current squad will be playing in the UEFA Nations League during the summer, while there are other international games across the globe for other players.
Leon Goretzka will be making his return to the German National Team in the coming weeks. After missing out on a place in the squad earlier this year due to injury, Goretzka looks fit to play a pivotal role for Germany in the UEFA Nations League.
The German midfielder endured a very difficult season with Bayern. After helping his side to win Der Klassiker in December, Goretzka suffered a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for months. He made his return to action in the final stretch of the season to help his team clinch the Bundesliga title.
In an interview with Sky Sports this week, Goretzka expressed his frustration with injury problems this season. The German international is eager to maintain a better level of fitness next season. From the team’s perspective, Goretzka is hoping to achieve consistency in performances.
“We have many things to improve. We played a pretty good, if not excellent, first half of the season. We can’t say that about the second half. We weren’t up to par in the important games – that wasn’t Bayern-like.”
Apart from the poor defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach in DFB Pokal, Bayern Munich had a near-perfect first half of the season. There was consistency in performances across Bundesliga and Champions League. A good end to Hinrunde raised expectations for Ruckrunde.
However, Die Roten struggled from the word go after the Christmas break. The unavailability of Alphonso Davies (illness) and Leon Goretzka (injury) hampered Die Roten massively on the pitch. They lacked defensive resilience and kept on conceding poor goals throughout the second half of the season.
The lowest moment for Die Roten was the Champions League quarter-final defeat against Villarreal. The Bavarian club lacked efficiency at both ends of the pitch against the Spanish club. Nagelsmann will be pleased with the Bundesliga title victory, but there is a lot of work to do to win other competitions.
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Goretzka will be facing much more competition at Bayern next season. The Bavarian club has already signed Ryan Gravenberch, while there is concrete interest in signing RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer. Leon Goretzka will have to get back to his best next season to help the team to challenge for big trophies. The intense competition will make sure that Goretzka’s workload is managed, which will eventually lessen the risk of injuries.