One day after the surprise news of the 20-year-old exceptional conner’s summer move from borussia dortmund to german soccer champions FC bayern, fans were reluctant to criticize him before and during the game against the spanish star ensemble.
When gotze and his teammates ran out onto the pitch to hug about 45 minutes before kickoff, the team erupted in applause. And even when the former spectator favorite made contact with the ball for the first time after the kickoff, the stadium remained silent. Here and there gotze could even enjoy positive reactions. "Thank you mario" was written on a poster. Only when the lineup was read out, there were isolated whistles at the name gotze.
The day before there had been heavy scolding of many fubball fans especially on the internet. Above all, the timing of the transfer announcement shortly before the important duel with real angered the BVB supporters. Out of concern for massive protests, coach jurgen klopp made an urgent appeal to the fans on tuesday to also support gotze unconditionally during the game. This request was repeated over the stadium loudspeakers shortly before kickoff.