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Crucial late goal was 'typical Schweinsteiger'

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Sep 29, 2010 6:30 pm

Ahead of Basel's meeting with Bayern, Thorsten Fink spoke at length about his former team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger. "Back then, it was obvious he had the potential," said the 42-year-old FC Basel coach: "But he spent years playing on the flank. He's not necessarily the fastest player around, so he never became world-class in that position. He was good, but no more than that."

Schweinsteiger has now moved into central midfield, "and he may now be playing in the position from where he can become a global star." The 26-year-old has also grown enormously as a personality, Fink said. "He was a bit of a naïve youngster. But now he's a leading pro, a role model, and he has the qualities you need to be a captain."

Fink played alongside Schweinsteiger in Bayern's 2003 double-winning side, and after his first match as a coach against his former club, will feel his observations about the midfielder were spot-on. Schweinsteiger accepted the responsibility of taking Bayern's 56th-minute penalty, and coolly netted the equaliser. On 89 minutes, he forced home a late but not undeserved winning goal. "It was typical of Schweinsteiger to score that goal, because he's mentally so strong at the moment," reflected Fink.

By default, Schweinsteiger was Bayern's man of the match in Basel. The Munich youth product's first Champions League brace in his 49th appearance in Europe's elite competition ensured FCB have maximum points from two matches. He also scored a last-gasp winner in the Bundesliga opener at home to Wolfsburg.

Van Gaal thrilled for Schweinsteiger

"I'm delighted for Schweinsteiger, that'll do him good," commented Louis van Gaal. In common with all the players whose World Cup duties kept them in South Africa right until the end, Schweinsteiger has been below his best form so far this term. "Our internationals need to improve," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge urged - and Schweinsteiger responded superbly.

The player, a vice-captain both at Bayern and for Germany, likes to let his boots do the talking. "We're always better than our opponents, but we've not been getting the results," he mused: "Obviously, it's about scoring goals. We've been failing to do that and we've dropped points in the league."

The hard-earned win against Basel might yet be a turning point for Schweinsteiger and Co. The champions will aim to start making up ground in the Bundesliga on Sunday, when they visit second-placed Borussia Dortmund. "We have some fine-tuning to do, and then we'll start getting goals and results," concluded Schweinsteiger, "I have complete faith in this team and the way we play football. I'm convinced we'll start winning again soon."
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