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Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez believes that none of the players after the German outfit can relax because there is always the constant threat of being replaced by a new player. Gomez was one of the top strikers in the world during his time at Bayern. He was £ 25 million signing, which was a new Bundesliga record at the time, from Stuttgart. He scored more than 40 goals during the last few years at the club, but the arrival of Mario Mandzukic brought an end to his time as the first-team regular. The Croatian was largely picked for the incredibly successful season last time around.
The arrival of Guardiola as the new manager in the summer heralded a new era for the club. Gomez was immediately sold to Italian outfit Fiorentina due to his inability to settle for a substitute’s place. Gomez was unable to accept the new role at the club since it would mean an end to his international career as well. This time at Fiorentina has been less joyful since he has suffered numerous injuries, but as a team, he has done well for the Italian club. He has spoken about the time at Bayern Munich and says that even Mandzukic is not safe.
Mandzukic will be competing for a starting spot along with Robert Lewandowski, who will come on a free transfer, next season.
“From the quality of the team and the club, Bayern are outstanding. At the moment they are the measure of all things. When a new coach and a new system comes in, forwards can be swapped. This is normal in Munich. Everyone is replaceable. This move was absolutely right. Unfortunately I have not been able so little on the pitch so far. I have suffered a lot. At first, it seemed like eight or nine weeks out. Ultimately, it was five months,” said Gomez.
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Mario Gomez suffered an injury during Fiorentina’s match against Cagliari in September of 2013 which left him out of action and unable to play for 5 months and the German forward completed his recovery some weeks ago allowing him to be featured for a few minutes during his club’s match against Inter Milan.
The former Bayern Munich player was even seen on the sidelines of Fiorentina when they went head to head with Udinese but did not play during that match.
The 28 years old forward arrived to Fiorentina on July with a price tag of €20 million and made an instant impact for the Italian team as he scored twice on his 2nd league match with his new club.
Now that Mario Gomez is back in action with his club he had a few things to say about his former club Bayern Munich as he said that everyone in the German club is replaceable.
“From the quality of the team and the club, Bayern are outstanding. At the moment they are the measure of all things. When a new coach and a new system comes in, forwards can be swapped. This is normal in Munich. Everyone is replaceable.” Gomez admitted.
Gomez played with Bayern Munich from 2009 to 2012 and he was a consistent performer for the German team in just about every season but he saw his first team appearances for the club limited when Mario Mandzukic arrived.
Things got even tougher for Mario Gomez when the news concerning the arrival of Robert Lewandowski landed to his ears. The Borussia Dortmund forward will be making his introduction to Bayern Munich in the summer and Gomez decided to join a place where his chances on playing with the main squad are much wider which ultimately finished off with him moving to Fiorentina.
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Fiorentina man Mario Gomez suffered an injury just as Giuseppe Rossi also appeared to do his knee ligaments. This put the club at a major disadvantage in the race for the top three. Due to the signing of Gomez, who had won the Champions League in the summer, Fiorentina were expected to be one of the challenges for the top three or in fact the title. They have managed to sustain the race for the top three, but the injury to these key players has threatened to derail their campaign.
Gomez has taken to his official Facebook page to tell fans that he is close to recovering 100% and that they can expect to see him on the pitch sooner rather than later. He has also spoken about the pain of having to watch his teammates play without him. Gomez has not been playing for almost 4 months now, which is not the kind of absence Fiorentina would have been hoping when they signed him for around £ 15 million.
He has also paid tribute to Giuseppe Rossi, who he thinks is one of the best strikers in the world. However, the Italian is suspected to have damaged his knee ligaments for the third consecutive time, which put his future in question.
“As you can imagine, it’s not an easy situation for me. With Pepito (Giuseppe Rosssi) now injured, it’s nothing short of tragic. I’ve got my fingers crossed for him and wish him a speedy recovery. He is one of the best strikers in the world and we need him, just like I need to be playing football again now at long last. I don’t know if I’ve ever had such a difficult phase in my career. Two months have become almost four, and it’s starting to get on my nerves,” said Gomez.
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Fiorentina are set to welcome Mario Gomez back into the team. The German international was the major summer signing of the club, but he has not played for the last couple of months. He was injured in the middle of September while playing against Cagliari. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, but Vincenzo Montella was handed a bigger setback in the form of Gomez’ injury. After two months on the sidelines, he is set to return to first-team action sooner rather than later.
This will be a massive boost for the club, who are on the edges of the top three positions. They are close to taking advantage of Napoli’s poor form, which has seen them slip to third position in the table. Meanwhile, Fiorentina have been slowly picking up points that was not the case at this stage last season. As a result, they missed out on the Champions league in the final round. The return of Gomez should help them sustain this form even after the winter break. It is expected that the striker will be back for the weekend’s match against Hellas Verona.
“The Germany forward will therefore gradually begin training again with the rest of the squad,” said doctor Francesco Giron.
After several seasons at Bayern Munich during which time he won many trophies including the Champions league last season, Gomez is expected to be Italian Serie A’s top scorer this campaign. The 28-year-old has made just three appearances for the club this campaign, but he has already scored two goals in these matches. They are currently fifth in the table with a match against Udinese. This will be a tough test for the team especially without the services of Gomez, who is expected to partner Giuseppe Rossi when he returns from injury in the next few days.
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