German head coach Joachim Loew admitted that it was a difficult decision to exclude Sandro Wagner from his provisional squad for the summer World Cup. The Bayern Munich striker has been one of the top performing German strikers in recent years but Loew decided to omit in place of uncapped Nils Petersen from Freiburg.
Speaking to reporters, Loew stressed that he had to look upon the welfare of the team and he took the responsibility of informing the key players who were excluded from the World Cup squad. He said:“My job as national manager is unfortunately also to shatter dreams and make hard decisions. It is never against a player, but always in the interests of the team. Sandro showed his class when he was with us. He played for us with full commitment and he has a very, very good character. In the end, minor factors were decisive.”
Atletico Madrid manager has highlighted the need to curb the threat coming from Mesut Ozil if they are to come victorious against Arsenal in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final. The Spanish outfit scored a valuable away goal in a 1-1 draw at the Emirates last week but Simeone has not written off the Gunners from making a strong response.
Speaking to reporters, he said: “Our line is to think about Arsenal. They are a very direct team. They have many players between the lines, who float in a difficult place to score. They have a lot of speed in the last third. Ozil is the most dangerous player they have, because of his creativity and vision of the game.” Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger praised the qualities of Mesut Ozil following the Gunners’ 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Europa League quarter-final first-leg. The north London side produced a dominant first-half performance with four goals scored, and Ozil played an influential role with three assists.
Speaking after the game, Wenger spoke positively about the German saying: “Ozil enjoys and I hope you enjoy. You see a great football player. When you love football, that’s what you want to see. We scored some great goals in the first half and at half-time the target was not to concede anymore and, if possible, add another one.We did the first part of the job in the second half but not the second part of the job. We have to go there with that right focus and try to win the game”.
Germany international Emre Can has said that he is grateful to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who has transformed him into a regular for club and country. The 24-year-old had struggled to win over the fans during his initial years at Anfield, but the confidence placed on him by Klopp has done wonders to improve his overall game.
Speaking in an interview with German television show Sport 1, Can explained that he has no regrets of leaving Bayern Munich as a youngster, and admits he has developed a lot under the guidance of Klopp, he said: “Why did I leave Bayern? I was very young and I needed to play. I spoke frankly with Guardiola and he explained that he could not guarantee continuity, which is why I chose Leverkusen. At Liverpool, I’ve developed a lot under Jurgen Klopp. I am very grateful to him, and it is a lot of fun to work with him. I want to become a world-class player. Maybe once in the world selection. That would be great.” Continue reading
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes is confident Manuel Neuer will return to full fitness ahead of this summer’s World Cup finals in Russia. The Germany international has yet to feature for the Bavarian giants due to a broken foot, but he is likely to make a comeback before the end of the season.
Speaking to reporters, Heynckes admitted that there is no hurry for Neuer to make his return, and the club are prepared to wait for his full recovery, he said: “We are not pressuring him. There is no timeframe, there is no deadline. Personally, I am convinced that he will play for us and will play in the World Cup but in the end that is something he has to decide, together with the medical team, when he returns. He can’t afford to take any risk and I don’t think he will.”
Germany international Mesut Ozil admits that he has become a bigger player during his time with Arsenal. The 29-year-old joined the Gunners from Real Madrid during the summer of 2013, and he has since established himself as the go-to man in the starting lineup.
In an exclusive with Sky Sports, Ozil revealed his pleasure at playing for the north London side, whilst highlighting the growth he has made during his five-year stay, he said: “Because of the history and the amazing players. I’m here to learn, to grow up and to show my talent for this club. This club has made me bigger. I’m so proud to play for a big club like Arsenal.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has praised the showing of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez during Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in the north London derby. The Gunners dominated the proceedings from the off, and their urgency in the forward department caught Spurs off guard as they conceded two first-half goals.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side tried to make their comeback during the second period of the game, but they could not make the most of their possession owing to some poor finishing at the end. Following the game, Wenger heaped praise on both Ozil and Sanchez, who alongside Alexandre Lacazette stood out in the Gunners attack.
Arsenal legend Lee Dixon insists that the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil would have been shown the exit door if they had played in the Premier League in his era. The pair have just eight months of their contracts, and they are expected to leave the club in January or at the end of the season.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, Dixon feels there was no room for such kind of players during his time at the club, he said, “We’d have just shown them the door. If you don’t want to play, then go. That’s not changed. If a player doesn’t want to play for you: it happened with Michael Thomas 18 months after he scored [the title-winning goal against Liverpool] in ’89, he was in dispute with the club or George about money. He ended up going in similar circumstances and signing with Liverpool.”
Bayern Munich caretaker manager Willy Sagnol feels the Bavarian giants no longer hold a supremacy in the Bundesliga after they gave away a two-goal lead at Hertha Berlin this weekend.
The German champions endured a tough week which involved a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain, and this paved way for the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti.
Despite this, Sagnol named a strong starting line-up which included the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng – all of whom were left on the bench at Parc des Princes. Hummels and Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern a 2-0 lead before 50 minutes, but Hertha fought back with goals from Ondrei Duda and Salomon Kalou and held on for a valuable point.
In the absence of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Bayern have had to adjust with Sven Ulreich between the sticks, and the 29-year-old has not looked comfortable with his mistake costing his side three points in the 2-2 draw against Wolfsburg last month. Continue reading
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that the club have not made progress in contractual negotiations with Mesut Ozil.
The Germany international has less than 10 months left on his present Gunners deal, and this has led to suggestions that he could leave the club on a free this summer.
Prior to the Gunners’ Europa League opener against Koln, Wenger revealed that the club have slowed down talks with the World Cup winner, but he is hopeful of committing his attacker to a fresh contract, he said: “Yes, of course (I am hopeful). The contract talks have slowed down a little bit since August 31. We need a little breather and to focus on the competition. But we will slowly get back into that.”
Ozil has received a lot of stick for his performances this season with the likes of Ian Wright and Martin Keown questioning his desire to play for the club. The 28-year-old has since come up with a personal request urging the club’s legends to ‘stop talking and start supporting’, but this has not gone well with Wright, in particular, who has hit back at the German for stalling on an extension. Continue reading