Gomez Stuttgart start a doubt

Mario Gomez may have to keep the bench warm at his former club Stuttgart on Sunday with his place in the Bayern Munich team far from certain.

Last Updated: 26/01/13 at 14:39 Post Comment

Mario Gomez: Not assured to start against old club Stuttgart

Mario Gomez: Not assured to start against old club Stuttgart

The Germany international has had to play second fiddle to Mario Mandzukic for the first half of the season.

And after the Croatian hit form against Augsburg last weekend, Gomez will probably have to settle for a watching brief at his former hunting ground.

"If I were to listen to the critics then I would not have been able to pick Mandzukic, but strikers have droughts from time to time," coach Jupp Heynckes said.

"All three of our strikers have their own strengths, just look at how Mario Gomez played last season, how successful he was.

"It's important to have strikers like him, but he had a few problems with his foot during the winter preparations and Mario Mandzukic played a great game.

"For him then to play again is an unwritten law in football."

Heynckes is therefore unlikely to change a winning team after a 2-0 triumph over Greuther Furth maintained their nine-point cushion at the top of the Bundesliga.

However, he knows his side will have their work cut out keeping such an advantage come the end of the weekend.

"It's not going to be a walk in the park for us in Stuttgart," Heynckes said.

"It's a classic match; a southern derby in front of a sell-out crowd who are always emotionally charged.

"We are going to have to improve."

Stuttgart also need to improve on their 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend, and to assist them in doing that they have signed Federico Macheda from Manchester United this week.

Although he may not make his debut tomorrow, coach Bruno Labbadia does have his side's top goalscorer Vedad Ibisevic back from suspension, and he will return to the attack.

"It's important that he (Macheda) is given time to settle in," said Labbadia.

"We will have to see how quickly that happens. He has a lot of potential, but we know he is not yet a complete player."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Transfer news: Tottenham strike deal for Montpellier midfielder Benjamin Stambouli

Tottenham have agreed a fee with Montpellier for defensive midfielder Benjamin Stambouli, according to the French club.

Transfer news: Chelsea confirm agreement with AC Milan for two-year Fernando Torres loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres will have a medical at AC Milan on Saturday ahead of an agreed two-year loan deal.

Europa League: Roberto Martinez happy Everton start and finish at home

Roberto Martinez is happy with the way the fixtures have worked out for Everton in their tough Europa League draw.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property