Thursday, June 19, 2014


Jostle: Ozil competes for the ball with Pepe and Joao Moutinho of Portugal
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho is of the opinion that Mersut Ozil needs to be treated specially because he is very 'sensitive'

Mourinho who was speaking as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador is also of the opinion that the Arsenal midfielder  'needs trust' if you want to get the best out of him.

Ozil, who played under the self - styled special one at Real Madrid, joined the Gunners at the beginning of last season, and was widely praised for some of his early displays.

But injuries and fatigue followed, and he was on the end of some significant criticism as the campaign came to a close.

Mourinho feels the criticism werent fair because Ozil is a special player no doubt.
‘I think it's hard to criticize him, because Özil is Özil,' said Mourinho.

'If you were expecting Özil to be super aggressive and to be running miles and miles from side to side and to show great enthusiasm and aggressiveness, this is not Mesut.

‘If you are waiting for somebody where every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles.

‘Every time he makes a pass, the ball goes with the right direction, the right speed, the right intensity, this is Özil.'

Mourinho added: 'At the same time, I learned with him because we were together for quite a long time, that he's a very sensitive boy. He needs confidence. He needs trust. He needs to feel that people is with him. When he's on the pitch, every time he touches the ball, the ball goes beautiful.

'And he’ll always finds the right man on the right place. So, sometimes, you don't see him, sometimes he doesn't go to screen many, many times. But when he goes he is a special player.'

The 25-year-old is currently at the World Cup with Germany, where he played a key role in the 4-0 demolition of Portugal in their opening game.

But the former favourite amongst German supporters was booed off in their unconvincing home win over Chile in March.

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