Franz Beckenbauer: Ozil & Co are better then we were in 1974

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“I think our team is on the same level with host Brazil and defending champion Spain,” Beckenbauer wrote in his latest column.

If the Kaiser is speaking everybody listens.

It has been that way since the early days in Germany. When nowadays football’s Kaiser Franz Beckenbauer is speaking nothing has changed everybody listens. So it’s good to hear that Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player in 1974 and as a manager in 1990, has something nice to say about the German national team.

“I think our team is on the same level with host Brazil and defending champion Spain,” Beckenbauer wrote in his latest column in German tabloid Bild.

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He added: “Technique-wise we probably have the best team. Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze, Toni Kroos, Andre Schurrle – these are marvellous football players. Also the unconventional playing Tomas Muller. And then Marco Reus, too. We are well-placed on offence. In comparison with my World Cup squad of 1974 we are more versatile now.”

Beckenbauer admits the big advantage over the 1974 team is that there is no lone wolf as forward. With Ozil, Kroos, Schurrle, everyone scores.

Interestingly enough Beckenbauer mentioned specific advantages by purposely not saying that Germany is the best team without exception. If you read between the lines Beckenbauer thinks that they are still lacking of a clutch mentality in tough games and he is probably right with that.

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Beckenbauer sees also deficits in Germany’s defence.

“Our great attacking players are sometimes too sensitive if opponents play rough […]. I’d like to see more toughness in matches.”

Shout-out to the England national team: Although Beckenbauer obviously had them not on his list as contenders for the World Cup as stated above, he thinks of them as a decent sparring partner for the upcoming friendly in November.

The match against England could be worth a mint on Germany’s road to victory, Beckenbauer wrote.

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