Leon Goretzka: Total trust in muscles

After picking up a thigh injury during the training camp in Mittersill, Leon Goretzka celebrated his comeback when he came on for the last half an hour of the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace at the weekend.

It was the 22-year-old's first appearance since 2nd July when he helped Germany defeat Chile 1-0 in the final of the Confed Cup in Russia. "Above all against Crystal Palace it was about getting a game in my legs again," said Goretzka, who sees himself at a very good fitness level. "I'm still lacking a bit of game time, in order to find my rhythm again. Therefore, I wanted to play in London." 

I didn't have any problems and no longer feel any pain in my thigh.

Leon Goretzka

No risks were taken after the muscle strain. "Of course, we could've said, let's play it absolutely safe, but I wanted to play 30 minutes," said the right-footer and he added, "I didn't have any problems and no longer feel any pain in my thigh." The half an hour at Selhurst Park was also important for the mind: "I have total trust in my muscles again." 

Goretzka's involvement in the DFB Pokal on Monday (14/08) against BFC Dynamo is not out of the question. He said, "I'll keep working over the coming days so that I can reach my top level again. Whether I'll play in Berlin is up to the coach." The Germany international really rates the work of Domenico Tedesco: "The coach has a clear plan and when we implement our plan on the pitch then the results will come. We've had a good pre-season and developed as a team."