Fatigue affected Goetze, says Dortmund’s Klopp

German Football
By German Football August 15, 2011 16:29

Fatigue affected Goetze, says Dortmund’s Klopp

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has said Germany’s teenage star Mario Goetze was substituted in the defending German league champions shock 1-0 defeat at Hoffenheim because of fatigue.

Goetze, 19, came off after 54 minutes as his side failed to recover from conceding a free-kick after nine minutes from Hoffenheim midfielder Sejad Salihovic on Saturday.

It was a disappointing end to a remarkable week after Goetze orchestrated Germany’s 3-2 friendly win over Brazil on Wednesday, five days after Dortmund’s 3-1 rout of Hamburg on the opening day of the season.

He scored superb individual goals in both games, but after his heroics against Brazil, he produced an off-colour performance in Hoffenheim.

Football legend Franz Beckenbauer has described him as Germany’s equivalent of Argentina star Lionel Messi, while Dortmund’s Sven Bender says Goetze has been dubbed ‘Goetzinho’ by his Borussia team-mates.

Germany’s media heaped praise on the midfielder, who still lives with his parents, after the Brazil victory, but Klopp says his player is tired.

“Fatigue, physical fatigue,” Klopp told German magazine Kicker when asked why he took Goetze off at Hoffenheim.

“The fact that Mario was tired after beating Hamburg and playing for the national side was clear to us.

“During the half-time break, he said that we should start thinking about making a change.”

Klopp admitted he had wanted to clam the euphoria around Goetze after Germany beat Brazil, but that the defeat in Hoffenheim had done that for him as he launched a thinly-disguised attack on the media here.

“I deserve the cash I make, because the media broadcast the messages, but I have to work with the consequences,” he said.

“It is rare that the public help in achieving goals, that’s why I am not surprised things have been over-hyped.”

Goetze only turned 19 in June and during Dortmund’s march to last season’s league title, Klopp banned the prodigy from talking to the media in a bid to protect him and help the teenager concentrate on his football.

Klopp showed flashes of irritation when he was asked if Goetze’s fatigue was physical or mental.

“I do not know how to measure mental fatigue, but we have found a physical tiredness,” he said.

German Football
By German Football August 15, 2011 16:29
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