Everything Chelsea Fans Need To Know About Mario Goetze

Arsene Wenger has been sniffing around him for a while, but the German sensation is now wanted by Chelsea...
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Mario Götze learns the can-can.

Arsene Wenger has been sniffing around him for a while, but the German sensation is now wanted by Chelsea...

The first thing to note about Mario Götze is his talent as a footballer. He makes intelligent runs, both through the middle or from out wide, has superb control and is an accomplished finisher as well. Anyone who watched Dortmund’s opening game with Hamburg this season, or Germany 3-2 friendly win over Brazil in opre-season, would have recognised that he’s a player good enough to build a team around, and definitely one good enough to play in Manchester United's team. He would have undoubtedly brought a lot of quality (and quantity) to the midfield. As obvious as his natural talent is, his schooling as a footballer has in large part helped to make him the player he is today. Dortmund’s academy, rather like Barcelona’s La Masia complex, has the luxury of state-of-the-art facilities, while young players actually live in dormitories at the academy complex – the effectively ‘live’ football.

He’s a player good enough to build a team around, and definitely one good enough to play in Manchester United's team.

Players are coached with an emphasis on technique rather than strength, fluidity rather than rigidity. Watch Götze in a Dortmund game (or, for example, Germany’s defeat of England in Bloemfontaine last summer), and you can notice the type of football that young German players are taught to play. Dortmund also play a brand of football which is attractive, pacey, and in which Götze has been fundamental for over a season now. It’s not difficult to imagine him playing in that Germany side which humiliated England at the World Cup last year. In tight games this season Manchester United have suffered from a lack of creativity in the centre,.

What we also shouldn’t forget about Mario Götze is that, despite being just 19 years of age, he has amassed a decent amount of experience  for his age. He’s only made 42 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund, but the majority of those were as a starter, and this season he’s been a guaranteed regular. He also has a League Winners Medal and seven international caps, a total he surely would have added to without the competition of other players in his position such as Marko Marin, Toni Kroos and Mesut Özil.

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