Germany enjoyed going through a sensational 2014 World Cup as they went past everyone in their path on their journey of lifting the prestigious title. The team of Joachim Low claimed victories against: Argentina, Brazil, Portugal, Algeria, France and United United States on their quest for glory.
Even though Germany displayed superb performances throughout the entire tournament, the squad has still been receiving criticism from supporters, players and managers all over the glove with one of the most recent being the former Germany international Michael Ballack as he questioned the decision of utilizing Phillip Lahm in the midfield of the squad as well as criticizing some of the performances from the attacking trio consisting of: Mario Gotze, Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos during their display at the World Cup.
Ballack said: “It is not enough to provide a nice football. I also ask them to decide a game by themselves, providing the final pass or scoring the winning goal. They have to show the potential that they have and prove that they are winners. I still believe we need Philipp to play in the back four for Germany. He is much more valuable there. He has played there for years and has turned into a world-class player and he is one of the best. Why should we rob ourselves of Lahm in a position the whole world envies us for? We, as Germany, only weaken ourselves by playing someone else as a right or left-back. Lahm is taking away a place in the middle of the park for another world-class player. And that’s Bastian Schweinsteiger for me.
Mesut Ozil is a player who has recently been receiving heavy criticism for his performances with Arsenal and some even put into question if whether or not Ozil should be representing Germany at the international stage but Michael Ballack defended the Arsenal man as Ballack considers Ozil to be an extraordinary player not only for his country but his club.
Michael Ballack added on: “I’m surprised by the critical views on Mesut Ozil’s performance. For me, he is and remains an extraordinary player for Germany. Ozil hasn’t had a good tournament so far but maybe his late goal against Algeria in the pre-quarters will give him the confidence to be a match-winner for Germany going ahead.