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Bayern Munich boss tells Gomez to stop complaining

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 27 Sep 2009


Germany striker Mario Gomez has been advised by Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge to stop complaining after the star striker found himself on the bench for the Bundesliga defeat at Hamburg.

Croatia striker Ivica Olic was used by Bayern coach Louis van Gaal as the lone forward in a three-man attack in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat with wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the flanks while Gomez was left on the bench.

Gomez has made no secret he was disgruntled at being substituted the weekend before against Nurmberg and he left the stadium early before that game had even finished.

“I discussed it with his agent a few days ago and recommended to Mario that he stop complaining fast,” Rummenigge told Die Welt on Sunday.

“When they are under contract with Bayern, you are expected to work hard and always give your maximum.

“Bayern is not Stuttgart in the sense that it is always necessary to give 100 percent here.”

Gomez, 24, was bought from Stuttgart for 30 million euros during the summer, but only came off the bench for Olic in the second-half of the 1-0 defeat at Hamburg on Saturday night.

Bayern has been a dead-end for rising German stars in recent years with defender Marcell Jansen, strikers Jan Schlaudraff and Lukas Podolski, as well as talented teenager Toni Kroos all moving on after a lack of game time.

Competition is fierce amongst Bayern’s strikers with Gomez battling with fellow Germany star Miroslav Klose, Olic, youngster Thomas Mueller and Italian World Cup winner Luca Toni for the one available striker role.

But Bayern team manager Uli Hoeness said the forward simply needs time to adjust to his new club.

“Mario does not seem to be as free in the head as he was last season where he almost seened to be scoring at will for Stuttgart,” said Hoeness.

“He needs time to digest his transfer, but in coming weeks and months, we are going to see the real Mario we all know.”

In 28 appearances for Germany, Gomez has already scored 11 goals for his country, while he scored 63 goals in 121 Bundesliga games for Stuttgart and he has already managed three goals in seven league matches at Bayern.



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