Heynckes hits back at Gomez critics

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admits he does not understand the criticism his striker Mario Gomez has recently been subject to.

Football News: Mario Gomez, Bayern Munich

By ESPNSTAR.com staff

Gomez has been one of the most prolific marksmen in Europe in recent seasons, and has racked up 94 goals in 142 appearances for Bayern since moving from Stuttgart at the start of the 2009/10 season.

However, the 27-year-old was criticised for failing to step up in big games as the Bavarian club lost out to Borussia Dortmund in both the Bundesliga and the DFB-Pokal, and were also beaten by Chelsea in the final of the UEFA Champions League on penalties.

Gomez was also part of the Germany squad that entered Euro 2012 as one of the favourites to win the championship but fell to Italy at the semi-final stage, but Heynckes has leapt to the defence of his star striker.

"He has an outstanding strike rate," the veteran tactician told Kicker. "He delivered in the European Championship.

"I cannot understand the discussion surrounding him. The perfect striker does not exist.

"Even Gerd Muller, the top scorer in our nation's history, was not perfect."

Despite the disappointment of missing out on silverware on three fronts last term, Heynckes reveals he has been buoyed by his players' spirit in pre-season so far.

"It makes me optimistic when I see us working as we are," the former Real Madrid boss added. "Not only on the pitch, but even in the gym.

"We will have a better team than last year."

Heynckes has already moved swiftly to reinforce his side and has already signed several players, including the likes of Mario Mandzukic, Claudio Pizarro and Dante.

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