Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic claims Bastian Schweinsteiger is everything they were expecting following his move from Manchester United.
He went on to score in his MLS debut on Saturday, as he scored in the first-half and then set up Luis Solignac for a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with the Montreal Impact.
Schweinsteiger played a full 90 minutes even with his lack of game time recently and even though a loss was on the cards, Paunovic was full of praise for Bastian as his efforts help claim a draw.
Speaking about the midfielder, Paunovic insists he’s a great addition to the MLS.
“I think he was great,” he said. “To start the debut with a goal, it’s always something that we all dream of. Opening the game as we did with his goal was an important thing for our team.
“On his game, we improved obviously; with his quality passes in the final third, smoothness in the build-up and calm, we were more patient with the ball and that helped the team, especially in the first half.
“In the second half, he showed and we saw his character and mentality, with one man down we pushed hard and he was pushing our guys in the 92nd minute to try to win the game.
“Everything that we were expecting, he showed in this game. We have to work, obviously to give him the best possible support and recovery and prepare him throughout the whole season, but we are very happy with his performance.”Schweinsteiger left Manchester United less than two weeks ago, following a trying season in which his former manager Jose Mourinho relegated him to the outskirts of the first team.”
Schweinsteiger claimed following the game that he was just happy to play football and with the way he handled everything at Old Trafofrd I’m glad he’s finally building on his foobtalling career once again.
Paunovic seems delighted with the new addition and hopes are Bastian can continue to produce the goods as he makes his mark in America.