Eindhoven (dpa) – Former world champion Mario Götze celebrated a dream start at his new club in the Netherlands. With his goal to bring the score to 1-0, the 28-year-old laid the groundwork for PSV Eindhoven’s clear 3-0 (3-0) success at PEC Zwolle.
German coach Roger Schmidt’s side went undefeated and took the Eredivisie championship lead with 13 points on Matchday 5.
Götze used an imprecise back pass from Zwolle professional Clint Leemans after just nine minutes and defeated German goalkeeper Michael Zetterer. After the game he thanked the fans on Twitter for their support and expressed his joy with these words: “It was very good for me to be back on the pitch, to meet, to help the team – that’s great.”
Another German player, Philipp Max, was instrumental in PSV’s 2-0 victory. Max, who came from FC Augsburg for eight million euros, moved from the baseline to Cody Gakpo, who used the entry after 18 minutes. Götze’s striking partner, Donyell Malen, made the preliminary decision with his goal of bringing the score to 3-0 before the break (39th). It was PSV’s twelfth consecutive victory against Zwolle.
Coach Schmidt immediately restored Götze’s confidence in the starting lineup. After 67 minutes, he had taken him out of the field in view of the clear score. Before the game, he had left open for a long time whether Götze could be a candidate for the starting XI. “Mario is not yet 100% fit, that makes sense,” he said. Besides Götze and Max, ex-Stuttgart Timo Baumgartl and Switzerland’s Yvon Mvogo, on loan from RB Leipzig, were part of the starting line-up for PSV, who parried a penalty from Reza Ghoochannejhad after 30 minutes.
Götze joined the Dutch Premier Club in early October and signed a two-year contract. “It surprised me, but it could be a good decision. Mario has a coach there who leans on him. If he’s fully focused, a lot is possible, ”BVB Managing Director Hans-Joachim Watzke told ZDF sports studio on Saturday about Götze’s move to the Netherlands.