Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia hailed Matteo Guendouzi after his screamer against Borussia Monchengladbach yesterday.
The on-loan Arsenal midfielder hit a stunner for the 1-1 draw. The result sees Hertha move into eleventh place on the table - five points clear of the dropzone.
Labbadia was pleased with the point and Guendouzi's wonder goal - something he admits he wasn't expecting from the France U21 international.
Quotes by Hertha's website, Labbadia enthused: "So far I haven't seen goals like this being his specialty, but the way he did it was great.
"Matteò has this winning gene. He's a very, very good footballer with a good sense of space and good technique.
"That makes him very valuable to us."
Guendouzi is on a straight loan with Hertha this season. After a slow start, he is establishing himself in Labbadia's starting XI.
The beginning of his Bundesliga stint was hit by a coronavirus test proving positive after being away on international duty with France U21. But he's now finding his match rhythm.
On the goal, Guendouzi added: "We captured the ball in the penalty area, Vladimir Darida then put it back ideally and I caught it ideally.
"It's a shame that we didn't win in the end, but we fought as a team and earned a well-deserved point with a strong opponent."
- updated December 14