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Mario Götze struggled to replicate his Borussia Dortmund form at Bayern Munich

Did Mario Götze justify his price tag during his first season in Munich?

Boris Streubel
Goals Assists
15 13

Mario Götze, Dortmund's former star midfielder, was bound to make headlines on his return there. Indeed, he did exactly that. Götze was shining like a bright star when Bayern met Dortmund in the Bundesliga in the Ruhr Valley. Götze struck very quickly after his introduction and was the star of the match. He has had some great moments overall. However, when he has started matches, he has tended to drift in and out of them. He has done much better as a substitute.

Touches/90 Pass % Back Zone Pass % Forward Zone Pass %
99 84% 89% 77%

I will be honest here; I expected more from Mario Götze. He was reportedly bought for a price close to what Bayern paid for Javi Martinez. Martinez took his time to grow, but once he did, he played wonderfully and was one of the main reasons why Bayern won the treble in 2013. Götze on the other hand has faded since a bright start; he has not quite justified his price tag. Götze will need to do more to have a permanent spot in the side in future. He will have to learn to be more involved in matches.

Shots/90 KP+Assists/90 Duel % Aerial Duel %
3.05 3.56 49% 32%

Götze is young, and his ceiling is very high. He has the potential to play extraordinary passes and score goals when least expected. He was known as the "German Messi" not too long ago. His feet work quickly, and he knows how to produce magical moments. I feel we have not seen enough of the Götze that we saw at Dortmund. There is more of Mario to see, and I hope we get to see more of his magic in the following season.

Tackles/90 Int/90 Recoveries/90 Clearances/90
0.94 0.57 2.3 0.1

Thus, because he has underwhelmed at times this season compared to his price tag, he does not get the best of grades.

Grade 2013-2014: C+

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