Volker Struth was scathing in his assessment of the way the Catalan coach has treated his client, who he says needs to feel the faith of the club
Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has “destroyed” Mario Gotze and is responsible for his struggles there, according to the midfielder’s agent.
The World Cup winner with Germany had been expected to play a starring role last season but was shuffled around positionally by Guardiola before being dropped for crucial semi-final ties in the Champions League and DFB-Pokal.
And the 23-year-old’s representative has pointed the finger of blame at the trainer as the reason for the midfielder not fulfilling his potential so far, though he also ruled out an exit as of now .
“Guardiola has destroyed Gotze. He feels like the coach doesn’t have faith in him and yet still he is asked to be decisive when he gets on the pitch,” Volker Struth told Bild .
“I’m surprised that Guardiola didn’t use Gotze in important matches like the German Cup and Champions League semi-finals. He only plays in the easy games.
“I wonder why no one at the club has realised that and defended Mario. Bayern need a figure like former president Uli Hoeness again.”
Gotze switched from Dortmund to Allianz Arena for €37 million in 2013 at Guardiola’s request but has failed to truly make an impact in either of his two seasons in Bavaria.