Brandt: It's wrong to blame our World Cup exit on Özil
Julian Brandt feels it's unfair to blame Germany's World Cup exit on Mesut Özil.
|Julian Brandt (left) in a duel with Martin Hinteregger.||Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0|
Arsenal star Mesut Özil was subject to a lot of criticism, both before, during and after Germany's disappointing World Cup campaign in Russia that saw 'Die Mannschaft' crash out at the group stage.
But blaming the exit on Özil alone is not fair at all according to Bayer Leverkusen starlet Julian Brandt who came on as a substitute in all of Germany's three games and hit the post twice.
"In my opinion, Mesut is by no means the reason why we were eliminated. We all made mistakes - including myself. I could have scored twice instead of hitting the post. Then things would maybe have been different," Brandt told various German media outlets and continued:
"From a pure sporting point of view, Mesut probably made some mistakes or didn't deliver his best performances. But that counts for all of us. To just blame it on him is simply wrong."
Ultimately, Özil decided to retire from the national team after the tournament.