In an interview with FIFA.com, injured Bayern Munich star Bastian Schweinsteiger recalls recent tough battles with American players at both the World Cup in Brazil and at the MLS All-Star game. The 30-year-old was part of Germany’s World Cup winning team, which beat the USA 1-0 in the group stage, as well as the Bayern squad that lost 2-1 to the MLS All-Stars in Portland on Aug 6.
“It was not easy in Brazil against the States,” Schweinsteiger said. “They play very hard. It is not easy to play against an American team, and (in Portland against the All-Stars) it was the same thing.” The center midfielder, who came off injured during the All-Star game, said he bore no ill will toward Portland Timbers midfielder Will Johnson, whose late tackle ultimately sidelined the Bayern vice captain. “It was a hard game and in my mind that’s soccer. In America they play like this. It’s OK.”
Meanwhile, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola on Monday revealed that Schweinsteiger is actually set for an indefinite spell on the sidelines due to injuries he’s been carrying since last season. Bayern team doctor Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfart said the German international would be out of action for at least six weeks.