Netzer on Schweinsteiger's TV debut: "He must have no inhibitions"

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Günter Netzer praised Bastian Schweinsteiger for his first appearance as an ARD football expert, but also made room for improvement.

“I can only congratulate the ARD on this commitment. Bastian Schweinsteiger is a big figure, a personality in German football that I really, really appreciate, ”said Netzer of the German Press Agency after Schweinsteiger’s premiere at the DFB Cup final this weekend.

Nevertheless, the former TV expert Netzer still sees room for improvement in the 2014 world champion. “He will have experiences, he will learn from these performances. It gets better every time. It was the same with me, ”said the 75-year-old.

After FC Bayern’s 4-2 final victory over Bayer Leverkusen, Thomas Müller jokingly described his former team-mate Schweinsteiger as “Günter Netzer junior”. Netzer “senior” feels reminded of his own time as a television specialist. “I can still remember my first appearance for ARD, in 1998 when I played against Brazil in Stuttgart. He was praised, but there was also criticism – as is the case with great personalities, »said Netzer. «That also happened to Bastian Schweinsteiger. He works at a very high level, he has to know that. He’ll have to do something special, he’ll have to get used to it. ”

Netzer sees one of the greatest challenges in building a certain distance from former players. “This distance is something that is necessary in its new position. That he judges, purely factually and professionally, what these people are doing on the field, ”said Netzer.

“That doesn’t mean that he has to polemize. He will never fall out of the role either. But he shouldn’t have any inhibitions. “

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