German paper gives Ozil lowest rating against Brazil - Fair or not?

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil received a lower rating than any of his teammates as a German paper reviewed his performance against Brazil last night.

German newspaper Die Welt gave Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil the lowest rating out of any star to feature in last night’s thumping win against Brazil, which saw Joachim Low’s team progress to the World Cup final this weekend.

Die Welt’s rating system works on a grade basis, with grade one (out of five) being the highest and five being the lowest.

Ozil’s rating of three was lower than any of his teammates, with seven players receiving grade one assessments from Die Welt with subs Andre Schurrle and Per Mertesacker also getting better ratings than their Premier League colleague.

“He had a decent game – We still notice that he has problems when he encounters the enemy physically – Rating: 3” reported Die Welt.

So was the assessment fair and how did Ozil compare to the rest of his teammates, especially the midfielders in the side?

  TeamPosTotal TackleDuel WonWon ContestUnsuccessful TouchAccurate PassAppsMins
Bastian Schweinsteiger Germany MF 4 5 0 0 56 1 90
Philipp Lahm Germany MF 3 5 1 1 43 1 90
Toni Kroos Germany MF 2 4 1 0 66 1 90
Sami Khedira Germany MF 1 4 2 0 39 1 76
Julian Draxler Germany MF 0 0 0 1 8 1 14
André Schürrle Germany MF 0 0 0 1 18 1 32
Mesut Özil Germany MF 0 1 1 1 43 1 90

The stats in terms of tackles won and the number of duels won by Ozil certainly suggests that he strayed away from physical confrontation during the game.

However, with Germany well on top, there wasn’t much need for Ozil to take big risks, especially considering that the German midfield has more effective defensively and physically minded players.

He was not a liability in terms of the number of unsuccessful touches he had during the game and he was competitive in terms of accurate passes, which suggests that he protected possession effectively throughout.

Ozil stands a great chance of starting for the Germans this weekend because of the fact he protects the ball well. Whether Germany face Argentina or the Netherlands this weekend, Ozil’s job will be to keep possession and use it effectively in the final third.

He has a weakness in terms of being able to deal with physical and aggressive tactics but Low has the players needed to protect him and it’s a side of his game which should develop at Arsenal over the course of next season.

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