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HindustanTimes Sat,30 Aug 2014

Football

Wolves' Gustavo out to beat ex-employers Bayern
AFP
Berlin, September 27, 2013
First Published: 21:12 IST(27/9/2013)
Last Updated: 21:20 IST(27/9/2013)

Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo has said he is relishing his return to the Allianz Arena on Saturday in a bid to help VfL Wolfsburg beat former employers Bayern Munich.

"Of course, I have a lot of friends and I am looking forward to seeing them," said the 26-year-old.

"It will be a bit different compared to a normal away match."

"I spent two seasons at Bayern and now I'll be returning as an away player."

Since leaving European champions Bayern in mid August, Gustavo has enjoyed mixed fortunes at 2009 German champions Wolfsburg.

Having helped them hammer Schalke 4-0 at home on his debut, Gustavo was sent off for receiving two yellow cards both in the 2-0 defeat at Mainz on his second appearance, then again in the 3-1 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen on his return from suspension.

"It was the first time in my life that I was sent off twice in three games," he admitted.

"In my two-and-a-half years at Bayern, I never once received a red card."

"But that's football, I try to learn from these things so that they never happen again. I can't do more than that."

Having been part of the squad which won last season's treble of European, league and cup titles, Gustavo joined Wolfsburg to ensure first team football having forced his way into Felipe Scolari's Selecao squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Having joined Bundesliga side Hoffenheim from Brazilian second division club Alagoano in 2007, Gustavo won his place in the Brazil team in Munich and Bayern star Franck Ribery said it will be strange to play against him.

"We have played with him for so long that it'll be a bit strange, of course," said Ribery.

"He's not easy to play against."

Bayern have dropped just two points in their six games so far under new coach Pep Guardiola and Wolfsburg will have their work cut out to end Bayern's 31-match unbeaten run in the German league.

"We have to concentrate for 90 minutes and allow as few mistakes as possible," said Gustavo.

"And have a bit of luck. Every (Bayern) player is of high quality and each one of them can surprise you."

"We're playing against the team which is currently the best in Europe. It'll be tough."


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