"I think I was someone who worked very well for the defence and the attack," Matthäus told bundesliga.com.
The legend was then pressed on which player today most resembled him, to which he said: "Nobody can play like me (laughs!). There are differences and similarities but my position was box-to-box and Leon Goretzka is a player like this."
"The speed is much higher than 20 or 30 years ago," Matthäus continued.
"It’s the same when you compare the World Cup to the ‘60s and ‘70s. That was football standing still, and football at Italia '90 was moving and running a little bit more than before, but now it’s really high-speed!"
Leon Goretzka: "I certainly did not go to Munich to be back up. I am aware that there is a tremendous quality. I moved to an absolute world-class club. I know I must deliver in order to have the right to a regular place. But that's my plan. I did not go there to sit on the bench" pic.twitter.com/pVSfuiiOaZ— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) June 7, 2018
Goretzka scored four goals and assisted twice as Schalke managed to finish second in the league, behind Bayern Munich. The player will now proudly don Bayern's iconic red next season, a move which could help unlock his optimum potential.