Arjen Robben has said Mario Gotze's imminent league debut for Bayern Munich can only be a good thing for the defending champions ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Gotze, 21, came off the bench and scored twice for Bayern in Sunday's friendly win at Hungarian champions FC Gyor, his first appearance since tearing a hamstring while playing for previous club Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals last season.
Having cost Bayern €37 million (USD $49.2 million), Gotze is another top name coach Pep Guardiola needs to accommodate in his star-studded midfield.
Gotze is an option alongside Spain Under-21 captain Thiago Alcantara in an attacking midfield role, flanked by France winger Franck Ribery and Germany's Thomas Muller, leaving Dutchman Robben on the bench.
The 29-year-old, who scored Bayern's winning goal in May's Champions League final against Dortmund, who only returned to the starting line-up last season after injury to Toni Kroos, said competition for places is a healthy thing in the Bayern ranks.
"It was our strength last season that we never lost our quality, even when players dropped out with injury," Robben told German daily Bild.
"You have to trust yourself and not be afraid of the opposition. And with a World Cup at the end of the season, even if you sit out the occasional game, it could be a positive thing at the end of the day."
With 10 full international midfielders in the Bayern squad, Brazil's Luiz Gustavo is on the verge of a move to VfL Wolfsburg according to reports while Munich travel to a Frankfurt side who are licking their wounds just now.
While Bayern kicked off the season with a 3-1 win over Borussia Monchengladbach last Friday, Eintracht were hammered 6-1 at promoted Hertha Berlin.
And they could be forgiven for feeling a sense of trepidation ahead of this weekend's game, given that Bayern have not lost in any of their last 19 away matches in the Bundesliga.
Bayern's Spain star Javi Martinez will also be looking to maintain his remarkable Bundesliga record of having yet to lose a German league match after 25 wins and three draws.
Dortmund visit new boys
Champions League finalists Dortmund host promoted Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday with Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan out for two weeks with a back injury he aggravated playing for his country in Wednesday's 3-3 draw with Paraguay.
Dortmund got off to a flying start last weekend when Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut in the 4-0 win at Augsburg.
And Poland striker Robert Lewandowski is set to make his 100th league appearance having scored 55 goals in Germany's top flight.
Having won promotion, Braunschweig went down to a late goal at Werder Bremen last weekend. Their coach Torsten Lieberknecht and Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp were team-mates at Mainz between 1995 and 2001, while Lieberknecht's last five games for Mainz came with Klopp as coach.
Hertha are flying high after their 6-1 victory at home to Frankfurt which went down as the biggest win on the opening day of the season for any newly-promoted club in Germany's top flight.
Having spent last season in Germany's second tier, the club from the capital's result left them as the surprise league leaders after the first week.
"The standings are just a snapshot, if we get beaten 6-1 next week, no one will be interested in what happened against Frankfurt anymore," said Hertha captain Fabian Lustenberger.
German Bundesliga fixtures
VfB Stuttgart v Bayer Leverkusen
VfL Wolfsburg v Schalke 04
Werder Bremen v Augsburg
Freiburg v Mainz 05
Hamburg v Hoffenheim
Eintracht Frankfurt v Bayern Munich
Borussia Monchengladbach v Hannover 96
Nuremberg v Hertha Berlin
Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Braunschweig