Mesut Ozil & Ilkay Gundogan
The World Cup is now over, Germany have had a few weeks to lick their wounds, however the conversation around Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan still hasn’t subsided.
The Arsenal and Man City stars are still under fire from some quarters of the German public. That’s because the footballers met with Turkish President Recept Tayyip Erdogan before the World Cup.
Some are now calling for Ozil and Gundogan to be dropped fro the national team.
What Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp thinks
Yet, for Liverpool’s Germany boss Jurgen Klopp, the hate directed at the Arsenal and Man City stars is wrong.
Klopp, speaking to Sport Bild, has stuck up for Ozil and Gundogan. The Liverpool manager said:
Complete nonsense. The intelligent people of this country demand tolerance. And the others should shut up and not question the boys.
Older, more experienced people should have helped them there. We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots even though they grew up here in Germany. But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one heard the most. But that’s never been my thing.
Germany’s World Cup debacle
2018 is the first time that Germany have ever been knocked out a World Cup in the group phase.
The Germans were pooled in a group with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
Of course, 2014 world champions Germany, along with Brazil, were the pre-tournament favourites to win the trophy.
It’s since been confirmed that Jogi Low will stay on as the German national team manager despite Die Mannschaft’s humiliation a the 2018 World Cup.
Prior to the World Cup, Low agreed a new contract to be Germany’s coach until 2022.