Gotze just returned from Bayern Munich to Westfalenstadion after an inconsistent three-year spell with the Bundesliga champions.
But Bayern defender David Alaba hopes his former team-mate will not be jeered after returning to Dortmund ahead of today’s DFL Supercup showdown.
The tempestuous rivalry between Germany’s top two clubs could see Gotze given a frosty reception by Dortmund supporters who were incensed with him for leaving the club in 2013.
“It will be very special, because of Mario’s return. I hope and wish that the fans won’t boo Mario,” Alaba told Bild.
“He did a lot for BVB already and gave some beautiful moments to them. I hope they will be thankful for that.
“I am sure Mario will give them more in the future. The time in Munich was difficult for him because of several injuries. But it’s no secret that he’s a world-class player.”
Gotze managed just 14 appearances in all competitions last season for Bayern scoring just three goals and creating four, the frustration under former Bavarians boss Pep Guardiola forced the 24-year-old out of the Allianz Arena.