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Gomez expects mixed reaction from VfB crowd

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Oct 31, 2009 12:15 pm

The clash between southern rivals Bayern and VfB Stuttgart is just another game for most of the players involved, but not for Mario Gomez. After eight years with VfB, the Germany international switched to the Säbener Strasse last summer from the side who finished third in the league. The 24-year-old returns to his former stamping ground for the first time on Saturday.

"Going back for the first time is obviously very special," said Gomez on Friday. The striker fired 63 goals in 121 Bundesliga appearances for Stuttgart, "and I had some great times," he agreed. Ironically enough, his last goal for VfB came in the final match of the season, a 2-1 defeat away to his new club.

Gomez' former club are languishing in 14th place in the table, have yet to win in the Champions League, and were dumped out of the cup by second division Greuther Fürth in midweek. VfB have lost their last five matches, scoring just twice in the process. Only three top flight teams have scored fewer goals. "There's no question about it: we miss Mario Gomez," confessed boss Markus Babbel.

"I really hope they escape this crisis and start picking up points - but not on Saturday. They can start the week after," said Gomez, who maintains "very, very close contact" to a number of former team-mates. "But that has to be set aside on Saturday. You stop being friends for 90 minutes. After that, I'll be rooting for VfB again."

Going for goal

The Swabian native with Spanish roots is by no means certain to feature at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. "Who knows?" Louis van Gaal told reporters, although the coach pointed out he had often "handed players a chance against their former clubs."

"I'll play if the coach trusts me to play," said Gomez, "I'm ready, and I hope the boss soon feels able to put his faith in me." Even if he only comes on as a sub, Gomez says he will "try and make the best of it. I'll do whatever it takes to score."

Mixed reaction

And should he find the net, his celebration will be muted. "I don't want to provoke anyone," he explained, adding that he expects "a mixed reaction" from the crowd. "Some will be pleased to see me, and some less impressed. Most of them know how much I contributed to VfB Stuttgart."

The celebration would look something like this: "I'll either be very introspective - or I'll race out of the stadium, so no-one can see how delighted I am."
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