German assistant defends ‘flop’ Ozil


Germany’s assistant coach has come to the defence of Mesut Ozil who has been criticised for his World Cup performances.

It seems that the Arsenal man is fair game because he’s not as emotive as some and doesn’t just ‘run araaaaaand a bit’ like others, but Hansi Flick played down suggestions the tournament in Brazil had passed the former Real Madrid man by.

“We see that differently than you do,” he said. “Mesut is playing a different position now than he used to and he’s got a different assignment now. He’s got very strong skills with the ball and on top of that he’s improved during the course of the tournament.

“We’re very satisfied with Mesut. He brings a lot of confidence with the ball into our game and is always ready for a pass.

“You’ve got to remember that he was injured at Arsenal and he wasn’t able to get quite back to the level that he has played at,. But we’re satisfied and if the coaches are satisfied, that’s the important thing.”

It’s worth pointing out that Ozil has created 13 chances and made 13 key passes, which compares with the other creative players at the World Cup. And if his goalscoring lags behind the other two, that’s not really as important to Germany as Neymar and Rodriguez are to their countries.

Mesut Ozil World Cup stats

Indeed, it seems like criticism Ozil is just one of those things that people do these days. There’s no doubt that he can play better, and Arsenal fans will be hoping to see a more settled Ozil do that in 2014-15, but it seems like judgements are being made due to his demeanour rather than what he actually does on the pitch.

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