Bastian Schweinsteiger put in a superb performance tonight for Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.
Playing from a very deep role in midfield, the 30-year-old was at the centre of Germany’s play all night.
He rarely had to get out of second gear because Scotland gave him so much space and that played to his advantage. It allowed him to dictate the pace of play and pick his passes which made it really difficult for Scotland to defend.
At points, Schweinsteiger’s late runs to the edge of the box also caused Scotland some problems and a fierce drive the the midfielder made sure Marshall was alive in goal for the home side.
Germany highlighting what Schweinsteiger can do when there are options and movement. Sublime orchestration.
— Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) September 7, 2015
Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger. Ace, that.
— Dan (@mufc_dan87) September 7, 2015
Schweinsteiger is fine
— Brandon (@Brandonsayer1) September 7, 2015
After playing his first full game of the season in Germany’s 3-1 win over Poland last week, Schweinsteiger put in another confident performance against Scotland which shows his fitness is continuing to improve.
With Michael Carrick now a doubt to face Liverpool at the weekend, Louis van Gaal may well decide to play Schweinsteiger in that deeper position. Judging from how he played against Scotland, that won’t be a problem.