GERMANY TURN ON OZIL POST MEXICO LOSS
German football players have turned on Arsenal playmaker MesutOzilin the post-game analysis following the 1-0 loss to Mexico, as per reports. There were many repercussions for the defending champions as they crashed against their Mexicans. German newspapers lambasted the players for the poor performance and the players had to convene for a crisis talk.
Apparently, fingers were pointed to almost everyone: from striker Timo Werner to midfielder Sami Khedira and then Ozil received a lot of blame as well. Reports claim the former Real Madrid star might be the trade off in the Sweden game, except the coach comes up with a unique strategy that will see the player contribute more.
Ozil was blamed for not backtracking enough and offering more defensive cover in the game. He was the one that was supposed to have close down Hirving Lozano before the player cut him off, found a space and then beat the keeper with a well-placed shot. Former Germany and Bayern Munich player turn pundit Mario Basler and German legend LotharMatthaus were harsh in their criticism of Ozil, questioning his body language and commitment to the national team.
There are rumours that Ozil, who is of Turkish descent, would quit the German national team after the 2018 World Cup as his commitment is always questioned at the slightest opportunity. He played a key role in helping Germany to the World Cup in 2014, yet at any slight disappointment, his performance is not solely criticized like others rather his descent is always dragged into the conversation.
Low has consistently done very well since taking over. He took the team to the finals in Euro 2008; he was in the semis in South Africa World Cup 2010 before winning the World Cup in Brazil four years later. Germany were decent at the Euro 2016 and won the Confed in 2017. However, his selection has not been this questioned before. The team has an uncharacteristic chaotic nature to it this time so it is raising questions.
Well, the players have promised to have a serious go at the other two group games in a bid to seal their qualification to the knockout phase. Italy and Spain were sent packing in the group stage of their title defence; could it be the same with die Mannschaft?