Leon Goretzka: Jamal Musiala one of the best German talents ever


At just 20-years-old, Jamal Musiala is one of Europe’s hottest prospects, impressing for both Bayern Munich and Germany.

Jamal Musiala is one of the best talents Germany has ever produced, according to team-mate Leon Goretzka.

Musiala burst onto the scene for his club side Bayern Munich as well as his national team, leading the former with 11 goals in this season’s Bundesliga and impressing at the World Cup in Qatar despite Germany’s shock early exit.

Playing alongside Musiala for both club and country, Goretzka rates the 20-year-old as one of the best players his national team has ever produced.

“Jamal can be one of the biggest talents Germany has ever had because he is already capable of consistently performing well,” Goretzka told UEFA.com.

“He doesn’t have a lot of ups and downs. The fact that he’s already in our starting eleven every week shows that. He helps us achieve our goals.

“He is extremely good on the ball, in tight spaces and creates a lot of danger. He has excellent qualities. If he continues to work like that and stay fit, the sky is the limit for him.”

Goretzka, 28, feels it is up to him and his senior players to help young prospects reach their potential, saying: “My job is to help the younger players and serve as an example. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were players who helped. ” me when I came to Bayern.

“So I see it as my job. I’m not going to tell [Musial] how to dribble or what to do every day because he knows best what to do, but I want to help him on the court, give him that strength or be there for him , when he has a question, and help him with situations he doesn’t know about yet, like all the media stuff that can be expected of him in the future. Everyone on the team wants to help him.”

Bayern take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final and, having been a key member of the team that won Europe’s top club prize in the 2019-2020 season, Goretzka is hoping his side can do just that. lift the famous trophy again in this campaign.

The German champions came through a tough group that included Inter and Barcelona, ​​winning all six of their matches to reach the round of 16, where they comfortably saw off Paris Saint-Germain, who they beat in the 2019-2020 final, 3-0 on aggregate.

“It [the Champions League] is definitely the Everest of club football,” Goretzka said. “If you look at the results so far, we have been very dominant this season.

“I think a lot of people in Germany gasped when they first saw our group. It was called the group of death with Inter, Barcelona and Bayern. It was clear that one of the big three clubs would have to leave the competition in the group stage.” but we were sure it wouldn’t be us. In the end, we went through the group stage very confidently.”

Bayern will be without striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting for the first leg against City, who is not traveling to Manchester due to the knee problem that ruled him out of the 1-0 Bundesliga win at Freiburg on Saturday.

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