Arsenal’s Per Mertesacker definitely had one of his weaker matches for the German national team and was clearly outshone by Boateng, his partner in the central defence. The small and fast strikers from Chile caused a lot of problems for him in several situations. He seemed to be very slow in some situations and his timing with the tacklings wasn’t good. Once again one could see that his strengths are in the air and that he compensates a lot with his anticipation. However, it's clear he has problems with fast players in one against one situations.
Mesut Ozil had some brilliant moments in the match like his assist to Gotze's 1-0 victory goal, but didn’t show a necessary reaction after all the critics he had received recently. Unfortunately he confirmed again that he’s not the kind of player who will step in when his team’s in trouble. When Chile were putting pressure on the German team in the second half, he disappeared on the pitch. He was voted as the most popular player from the national team in the last two years, but this time people booed when he was taken off after 89 minutes. His form crisis has now reached the national team.
Andre Schurrle came in for the second half but couldn’t tie in to his strong performance from last weekend. He showed that he was willing to make an effort in this match, but couldn’t connect to the rest of the attacking players. Chelsea’s hero from last weekend was obviously missing a Hazard, but unfortunately the German team didn’t have a player of his quality yesterday.
Lukas Podolski came in after 83 minutes for the best German player, Mario Gotze, and showed in the last seven minutes more engagement than other players in the whole match before. He seems to have understood that everybody has to fight and give 100% if they want to be part of the World Cup squad.
Manchester United linked Toni Kroos was a starter in this match and probably one of the biggest disappointments as well. He had a really poor performance and almost caused the possible equalizer with a really bad pass. Apart from that he didn’t impress or show any leadership qualities. In this shape he wouldn’t be worth the Red Devils breaking the bank.
The other German player who might play in the Old Trafford next season is Matthias Ginter. He replaced Ozil after 89 minutes and can now call himself officially a German national player.
Over all there were no bright performances from the German players from the Premier League. Especially Ozil who missed the chance to get some more self-confidence for the upcoming challenges with Arsenal. Hopefully they will do better for their teams on the weekend.
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