Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri is ready to accept a spot on the bench for now as he feels that the team’s collective interests are more important.
The Switzerland international featured from the start in the 3-0 Bundesliga win over Greuther Furth on Saturday, but is likely to lose his starting berth to Franck Ribery again when the Frenchman returns from injury.
“It does not really matter who features from the start and who has to settle for a spot on the bench. The most important thing is that we act as a team this season,” Shaqiri was quoted as saying by TZ.
“Only then can we be successful. Even when I end up on the bench in the next few weeks, I still don’t really mind, even though every player obviously always wants to play.”
Bayern host Stuttgart on Sunday in their second Bundesliga game of the season.
Javi Martinez has admitted that he is enjoying basking in the attention of Bayern Munich’s fans, as the Bundesliga giants prepare to tie up a deal with Athletic Bilbao for his signature.
The Euro 2012 winner has been the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a €40 million move to the Bundesliga runners-up, although the stop-start nature of the switch has led to recent pessimism whether a transfer can occur before Friday’s deadlne.
Nevertheless, the 23-year-old Spain international insists that despite being flattered by the rumours, he remains unconcerned, and is just going about his daily routines as per usual.
“I know the German press and fans are very interested in who I am,” Martinez enthused. “It’s truly great to have so much interest from Germany.”
“I can’t say much else [about a transfer] though. I’m just relaxed and training training, trying to stay in shape and wait for a decision. I cannot do more than that.”
The versatile midfielder has amassed over 200 Primera Division appearances for Los Leones, reaching the Europa League final last season, only to see his side capitulate 3-0 to Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid.
Coach Marcelo Bielsa has opted to leave both Martinez and Juventus transfer target Fernando Llorente out of his squads for recent Liga matches.
Oliver Kahn has lashed out at Matthias Sammer’s handling of Bayern Munich, claiming the official’s involvement in day-to-day club activities border on intrusive.
The retired Germany goalkeeper feels his former international team-mate, who was named the new technical director of the Bavarian giants in July, has to take a necessary step backwards in order to avoid interference with coach Jupp Heynckes.
“With Sammer constantly being at team training sessions as well as his very public comments on Bayern Munich’s game plans, he appears to be like a second coach,” lambasted the 43-year-old in his personal Bild column.
“Meddling in the coach’s department poses potential conflicts at organisational level that will quickly lead to failure on the field.
“Club operations only work successfully if task distribution is clearly defined and respected by all parties.”
Despite this perceived conflict of interests at management level, Bayern have embarked on a strong start to the season, ousting traditional rivals Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup before sweeping to a 3-0 Bundesliga opening-day victory over Greuther Furth.
Dante believes that leaving Borussia Monchengladbach for Bayern Munich during the summer transfer window was the right choice, but added that he has not fully adapted to his new team just yet.
The Brazilian defender made his Bundesliga debut for the Bavarians in Saturday’s 3-0 away win over Greuther Furth, and admitted that playing for Bayern is completely different than doing so for Gladbach.
“Was it a good decision to join Bayern? Yes, definitely. I still have to prove my worth here, though, and live up to the people’s expectations,” he told TZ.
“I have to adapt to Bayern’s style of play a bit more. Things are different here than at Gladbach. We enjoy a lot more possession and don’t have to take many risks. At Gladbach, we were often forced to take some risks at the back.”
Dante then went on to praise Holger Badstuber, who started as left-back rather than in his preferred position of centre-back at the weekend following the 28-year-old’s arrival.
“Holger did a great job. He’s a very good player and an intelligent guy. He also has a great left foot.”
After an absence of more than three months, the Bundesliga is well and truly back. Three teams from last season have departed the top flight, with three others taking their places. While Eintracht Frankfurt and Fortuna Dusseldorf started life among the country’s biggest clubs with victories, things went less well for Greuther Furth, who slipped to a 3-0 loss at home to Bayern Munich. A total of 22 goals were scored across the weekend’s nine matches, and as ever, Goal.com are on hand to assess the best individual performances.
After an injury-ravaged couple of seasons, it looked as though Rene Adler‘s career was unavelling when he was looking most promising. However, he has since left Bayer Leverkusen, and on his first Bundesliga appearance with new club Hamburg, put in an excellent performance, despite Thorsten Fink’s men opening their league campaign with a 1-0 loss to Nurnberg.
In defence, the reinging champions got their title defence under way with a fine performance against Werder Bremen, with Mats Hummels proving to be as solid as ever at the back and equally useful as a spare man going forward. Philipp Lahm put in a fine showing as Bayern Munich beat Greuther 3-0, while Joel Matip was the brightest spark in the back line of the Schalke side that drew 2-2 with Hannover.
In midfield, Marko Arnautovic was a constant threat down the right for Werder Bremen, putting in a number of fine crosses, including the one to set up Theodor Gebre Selassie’s equaliser. Hiroshi Kiyotake was involved throughout as Nurnberg edged past Hamburg, while Lewis Holtby and Juan Arango both grabbed a goal and an assist each for Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively.
Up front, Marco Reus was a constant threat to the Bremen defence and capped his first appearance at Signal Iduna Park as a Dortmund player with an 11th minute opener, while Bas Dost helped Wolfsburg to a 1-0 win with a last-gasp winner against Stuttgart on his Bundesliga debut. Dani Schahin stole the headlines for Fortuna Dusseldorf with two second-half goals, one of which was a 20-yard lob, against Augsburg.