Shortly before the start of the new bundesliga season, the two most powerful coaches in german soccer met in good spirits. Joachim low paid pep guardiola a visit at the FC bayern club grounds.
"It was a pleasure for me to get to know him. It was very, very nice, very polite," guardiola reported of low’s flying visit. "We have talked about various topics, one of which was of course bastian and his state of fitness. We have no doubts about his qualities. He is one of the best players in the world. But he was injured for more than a month – he needs time to get a good fitness."
Schweinsteiger is therefore not part of the national team’s lineup next wednesday against paraguay. The "pre-glow for the world cup," as low called it. The competition between bayern’s professional players has long been a hot one. And playing time is doubly important in a world cup year. One and a half dozen national players – from the DFB protagonists to foreign stars such as arjen robben, franck ribery or thiago alcantara – want to recommend themselves for their selection teams on the way to brazil and even more so for the tournament itself. As in the season opener on (today’s) friday evening against borussia monchengladbach, professionals with an immense market value will always have to sit on the bench or even in the stands.