As might have been expected, record-breaking Spain international JAVI MARTINEZ saw his very first Bundesliga action with record German champion BAYERN MUNICH from a seat on the bench at the sold-out Allianz Arena.
Once the Bavarians had assumed a 3-1 halftime lead over visiting Vfb Stuttgart, however, one could not help but wonder if the player who had so recently cost Bayern Munich a whopping 40.0 million Euros might not see the pitch at some point in the second half, then. After the home side had blitzed the hapless Swabians for three more goals within six minutes of the restart, there could be no doubt that Martinez would have his debut — if only for a few minutes to wave at the welcoming supporters.
It was veteran Germany international BASTIAN SCHWEINSTEIGER, the experienced 28-year-old with 95 caps for his country who had scored his first goal in the top flight since last January while notching Bayern Munich’s sixth against Vfb Stuttgart in the 51st minute, that made way for the expensive Spaniard with just eight caps to his credit in trainer JUPP HEYNCKES’ defensive midfield. And so, in the 77th minute of the match, the 24-year-old birthday boy and highly-anticipated new arrival from Athletic Bilbao stepped onto the turf at the Allianz Arena to formally greet his Bavarian public as well as make his official debut during this, the historic 50th Bundesliga season.
Considering the fact that both Schweinsteiger and fellow Germany international midfielder TONI KROOS along with Brazil international midfielder LUIZ GUSTAVO all stepped up to the center of stage and delivered with well-taken strikes against Vfb Stuttgart in the Bundesliga this weekend, one might argue that the versatile Martinez is already having a positive impact on the Bayern Munich first team straight away.
Spain international midfielder JAVI MARTINEZ of Bayern Munich challenges Guinea international midfielder MAMADOU BAH (13) of Vfb Stuttgart for possession of the football during the lopsided Bundesliga match at the sold-out Allianz Arena in southern Germany.