Despite suffering a knee injury in Germany’s recent 2-1 friendly loss to Austria and missing four days worth of training as a result, thankfully Mesut Ozil’s ailment will only force him to miss their friendly with Saudi Arabia.
One of Germany’s star men, it would’ve been a huge blow to Joachim Low’s side to lose him so close to the World Cup. Now back in training, it’ll now be expected he’ll be right to go for their tournament opener vs. Mexico on June 17.
A wildly gifted technician, Ozil will be an absolutely integral component towards Germany’s success. Indeed, his aptitude at cutting open defences with his sublime passing, that allows him to play intricate through balls, set teammates through with lofted deliveries over the top or switch the angle of attack with equal measures of success, he poses a tremendous threat here.
Moreover, his Velcro like ball control, sharp first touch and mazy dribbling parlay to ensure he’s very press resistant and a huge challenge to dispossess. This duly enables him to coolly weave out of trouble, before then pinpointing his recipients to unlock defensive units.
His intelligent movement only compounds issues for his adversaries, for he’s extremely accomplished at identifying vacant spaces to exploit. Particularly damaging when positioning himself between the opposition lines of defence and midfield, he makes the most of any free space here expertly.
Moreover, his variations to drop into the deep half spaces to assist build up to find freedom in less congested areas, plus occasional rotations out wide with his wingers, supplement the afore nicely.
While they missed him for the Saudi Arabia friendly, they wouldn’t have minded going without the mesmerising Ozil for this contest, for nursing him back to full fitness so he’s ready for Germany’s opener against Mexico is unquestionably the priority.
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