”Gaps at the back, Schurrle at the front.” Schurrle recorded three goals and was the man of the match. That is why Draxler isn’t playing.
Why is Julian Draxler on the bench? Why isn’t Jogi Low giving him a chance to prove himself in an almost meaningless game? Why can’t Draxler show why he is worth an exaggerated high bid in the next transfer period?
The same questions were in my mind when I discussed the Draxler-situation with my buddy over a beer yesterday.
Draxler is obviously an up-and-coming young gun with huge talent. And Schurrle? Schurrle is pretty good but sometimes lost on the pitch. Some critics were more then happy that his former club Leverkusen got so much money out of the Chelsea-transfer.
There really was no evident conclusion to our discussion. We couldn’t find a reason why Low prefers Schurrle over Draxler.
After yesterday’s 3-5 win was in the books and Schurrle recorded his amazing hat0trick my good friend sent me a text message saying: “Now you know why Draxler isn’t playing.”
At first the German national team were “lacking determination”, wrote football magazine kicker. “After a cold shower”, meaning the 2-0 lead by Sweden, Germany “found their passion for football again.” Kicker added, Schurrle was hyped up after his first goal.
Sweden’s third goal didn’t stop Germany on their way to victory, “especially not Schurrle.”
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a conservative daily, headed this morning: ”Gaps at the back, Schurrle at the front. […] Schurrle with three goals was the man of the match.”
Mario Gotze was outshone by Schurrle, the newspaper from Frankfurt added “who will keep his 28th international game in good memory – and will face the position battle on the left wing with quite a lot of self-confidence.”
The Bavarian newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung joined the Schurrle-parade. In a game where most players were out of sight or bored of this meaningless qualifier “Schurrle played with a motor.”
Even the German TV commentator who usually lulls himself and everybody else to sleep was excited. “Everybody [on the pitch] is looking for Schurrle” he said.
Last night showed what competition could do with a team.
Most of the starters, notably vice captain Bastian Schweinsteiger and captain Philipp Lahm, played tired. Mesut Ozil though seems to get comfortable with a more forward-like position and Thomas Muller never likes to loose, probably not even in a friendly with Bayern Munich on a Southwest Asia promotion-tour. Both of them played great as expected.
However Schurrle tops everyone, because he was hungry. Eager to show everyone that he is the man and not Draxler, the young gun from Schalke, who could get all the love in the next transfer window.
Schurrle will quite likely head back to London with a smile on his face and rightly so.
What do you think of Schurrle’s performance?
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