After the elimination of Germany against England at the Euro, Joachim Löw, who will be replaced by Hansi Flick at the head of the Mannschaft, spoke of the Mesut Özil case during his last press conference . The future ex-coach recalled that the player’s international retirement in 2018 was a “huge disappointment” for him.
For his last press conference as coach of the Germany team, Joachim Löw played the card of leniency. The day after the elimination of the Mannschaft in the round of 16 of the Euro (2-0 defeat against England), the 61-year-old technician, whose replacement by Hansi Flick has long been recorded, was questioned on his relationship with Mesut Özil. The two have been on the cold for a few years, especially since the playmaker retired internationally in 2018.
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“He left the national team without consulting me beforehand was a huge human disappointment. We did not talk about it after,” Joachim Löw first recalled on Wednesday before taking a step towards the player. “One day, we will end up sitting around a table and discussing”, he added, recalling in passing that the ex-number 10 of Arsenal and Real Madrid was “very important” for the team.
Özil had left the selection with a crash
Mesut Özil left the national team amid controversy over his friendship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. He had, by slamming the door, denounced the complicity of the German football federation in relation to “racist and hateful” incidents vis-à-vis him.
At the time, criticism of Mesut Özil’s patriotism mixed with those of his level of play. He had been held largely responsible for Germany’s early elimination at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The team finished dead last in Group F, after a surprise 1-0 loss against Mexico and an incredible 2-0 loss against South Korea (who scored both goals in added time).
At Fenerbahçe since last January, after a long shutdown at Arsenal, Mesut Özil was only able to play 11 games and deliver only one assist. The fault was a major injury to the ligaments of the ankle, which forced him to miss almost two months of competition.