Bayern Munich attacker Xherdan Shaqiri has stated that he does not like being compared to teammate Franck Ribery or any other player as he continues to make a name for himself in his first season with the German power.
The former Basel player, who has already started three leagues games for his club, is likely to deputize for the injured Frenchman in the Bavarians' clash with Leverkusen at the Allianz Arena on Sunday. While admitting that Ribery is an outstanding model and a world-class player, Shaqiri made clear that he is keen on developing his own style of football.
"On the pitch, I can learn a lot from [Ribery]. His unpredictability is unique. I like that a lot. But generally I don't like to compare myself to others. I am myself and not Ribery or anyone else," Shaqiri told Bild. "I think that so far, they [Bayern Munich] are very satisfied [with my performances]. I certainly am. I think that [coach] Jupp Heynckes cannot look past me. That's why he gave me a lot of match time already."
Bayern Munich, which is a perfect 8-0-0 on the season, can extend its advantage over second-place Schalke to seven points and put two-time defending Bundesliga champion Borussia Dortmund in a 12-point hole with a win over Leverkusen.
"Twelve points is a nice cushion," Shaqiri said. "I like that Dortmund have to look up on us from below. But there are many games left and a 12-point advantage right now is not yet enough for the championship."
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