“Roger Schmidt is even more radical than Pep Guardiola”

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Statements from the German midfielder, world champion in 2014 and figure of PSV.

Scorer of the goal that gave Germany the world title in 2014, in the final against Argentina, Mario Gotze is one of the big names of PSV, a Dutch club led by Roger Schmidt, on his way to Benfica . Speaking to the ‘Kicker meet DAZN’ podcast, the 29-year-old midfielder praised the German coach and recalled the journey that took him to Eindhoven.

“At Dortmund I had four different coaches in four years. It wasn’t good for me as a player,” he recalled, referring to Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz, Peter Stoger and Lucien Favre. “For me, the most important thing is the personality of the coach. The other factors don’t play such an important role,” he stressed.

“He helped me a lot. I thought it was interesting to see how he adapted the Red Bull concept to his philosophy and how he organizes training and how he wants to play. High pressure, defending the most as far as possible, play as high as possible in the opposing midfield Roger [Schmidt] is even more radical in this than Pep Guardiola.”

Regarding the future, he said: “There are no medium or long term plans. Football is very difficult and dynamic for that, but my idea is to play in Europe as much as possible and have fun. Then maybe go to the US That would be great.

Gotze has been with PSV since last season. Besides Dortmund, he also played for Bayern Munich, Germany.

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