Leon Goretzka opened the scoring for Bayern Munich in the 30th minute of today’s match, with a brilliant piece of teamwork between him and Germany teammate Thomas Müller. When asked post-match about the goal, Goretzka knew that Müller would be there, even though he didn’t see him.
“I played the ball to Thomas in front of the goal blindly because I knew he was there,” explained the midfielder. “This is simply due to our positional awareness.” Müller played the ball right back and Goretzka slotted home his second goal of this Bundesliga season.
Goretzka also gave praise to another Bayern and Germany teammate — Manuel Neuer. “He is the best goalkeeper in the world, and we are very happy that we have him. There was a quote about him in the Amazon documentary that I liked very much: ‘If you walk in behind him, you have absolute confidence.’ And so it is.” Neuer came up big on a few occasions — both inside the box and in his accustomed role as sweeper keeper.
Unfortunately, Neuer and Bayern weren’t able to keep a clean sheet — something that seems to be more elusive this season and last than ever before. Goretzka was asked about the importance of the second goal in this match. “The 2-0 was extremely important. You can always collect a goal. The 2-0 was decisive.”
Goretzka helped Bayern hand Freiburg their first loss of the season and remain guaranteed atop of the Bundesliga table going into this international break.