Martinez ‘honoured’ to skipper Bayern

Javi Martinez

FC Bayern München midfielder Javi Martinez has revealed that he felt honoured to be able to wear the captain’s armband for the Bundesliga champions on Saturday.

The 29-year-old was given the captaincy shortly before the clash with VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and was delighted to become the first Spanish player to lead Die Roten.

“When we had our snack before the match the coach told me Jerome [Boateng] wouldn’t be playing. Suddenly I was the most experienced Bayern pro in the squad and was handed the armband, that was great,” Martínez told the club’s official website.

“I see it as a great honour to be the first Spaniard to captain Bayern. I’ll never forget it.”

Despite the momentous occasion, Martínez was relaxed about taking on the added responsibility and believes a leadership role suits his personality.

He added: “The only difference was that I took part in the coin toss. There was no difference during the match. I’ve always talked a lot to my teammates anyway, helped them, spurred them on. That’s perfectly normal for me.”