Pep Guardiola (l.) was delighted to have Mario Götze (r.) back in his starting XI after a five-month absence, as Bayern beat Bremen 5-0. - © © imago
Pep Guardiola (l.) was delighted to have Mario Götze (r.) back in his starting XI after a five-month absence, as Bayern beat Bremen 5-0. - © © imago

Götze: 'I'm feeling good physically'

Five goals and a clean sheet were not the only reasons FC Bayern München were celebrating on Saturday evening.

Read: Bayern 5-0 Bremen - match report

Mario Götze also made his first start for the club since last October, managing 54 minutes of the 5-0 win over SV Werder Bremen and putting himself into contention for a place in the side against Juventus next week. "It was a good game from him," said coach Pep Guardiola, paying tribute to Götze's contribution after returning from a thigh injury in his long-awaited 150th Bundesliga appearance.

Question: Mario Götze, how much good has it done you to play a part in a Bayern win once again?

Mario Götze: I'm obviously happy to play again, especially after such a long time out. And it's even better to come back in such a big win. I've just got to start to find my rhythm again slowly. It's important that I've recovered from my injury and that I'm feeling good physically. That's all that matters.

Read: Guardiola on Götze and Bayern's performance against Bremen

Question: How much time do you still need to get back to your rhythm?

Götze: It's hard to quantify after such a long time – it's been five months! For three of them, I wasn't even training with the team and then I had a long recovery process. It wasn't an easy time and it was a bad injury. But that's why I'm so happy to be able to come back and play again now. In terms of getting back into my rhythm, I'd say I'm around 80-90 per cent. It will come back the more games I play. I obviously want to be involved in all the big games, but I'll also need to be fit enough for them, and I hope to regain that fitness in the coming games.

Question: Is 80-90 per cent enough to start against Juventus?

Götze: You'll have to ask the coach that. I don't know who he's going to pick, but we'll soon find out.

Question: What does this win over Bremen give you in view of Wednesday, other than proving that you can score goals?

Götze: We've shown all season that we can do that, so we're already in good form. We're at a good level of performance and we know how important Wednesday's game is going to be and we're looking forward to it. It's also important that we go into that game with this positive result.

Question: Do you need to be more focused than usual against Juve, because any mistake could be punished?

Götze: Definitely – we saw that in the first leg. We were 2-0 up and we were playing really well, but then they came back and made it 2-2. We know how dangerous they are and every mistake you make gets punished. That's how it is in the Champions League, especially in the knockout matches, but we'll be ready.

Question: You hurt your elbow – how bad is it?

Götze: Something happened, but I don't know what yet exactly. It's swollen a bit. When Thiago scored the first goal, I took a knock and I fell badly on it, but I don't think it's anything too bad. I don't think it would prevent me playing [on Wednesday].

Maximilian Lotz reporting from Munich