Ozil’s low, and Mourinho ponderous: German press reaction

Apart from reports about Bundesliga teams there were some interesting thoughts about Ozil, Wilshere, and Chelsea manager Mourinho in today's German papers.

How Premier League clubs played last night is not pivotal for German media. They rave about Borussia Dortmund’s crucial win in last night match against SSC Napoil snapping a three game losing streak – their first since 2010.

And newspapers from Germany talk about Schalke’s worthless draw in Chelsea’s group against FC Steaua Bucuresti and about the hurting knee of former Tottenham Hotspur FC midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng.

However apart from the main subject there were some interesting thoughts about Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere and about Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

“Ozil misses Arsenal-penalty” headed German tabloid Bild and continued “For years Mesut Ozil was not allowed to shoot penalty kicks for Real Madrid – because Cristiano Ronaldo had a privilege.” Last night he got the nod for his first Champions League penalty and missed it. Arsene Wenger was not amused.

Bild praised another Gunner: Jack Wilshere. He was the man of the day according to the German newspaper.

Die Welt, a daily from the same publisher as Bild, headed “Arsenal march – despite Ozil’s penalty-goof”. Apparently marching still means something positive in Germany.

German sport magazine kicker thought that it was a one dimensional game as Arsene Wenger’s side had “permanent ball control”, but that didn’t help the fact that they played “lustreless but lucky”

Another Premier League team found the spotlight of German papers or rather one manager: It struck kicker that Jose Mourinho turned his back on his team shortly before the end of the first quarter in the Chelsea vs. Basel match and went to the locker room early.

Furthermore Chelsea played the ball with “moderate speed” and that didn’t change after halftime. This “ponderous style” didn’t help against Basel’s power football.

Bild’s conclusion was simple: “Chelsea made a fool of themselves”.

images: © Ronnie Macdonald, © tjuel

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