Ozil praises German versatility

The midfielder feels Joachim Low’s side boast an impressive ability to adapt their tactics to suit different demands, while team manager Oliver Bierhoff called for concentration

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil believes Joachim Low’s side have the edge over the opposition as they are not one dimensional.

Die Mannschaft adopted a False 9 formation during Friday’s 3-0 win over Kazakhstan, with Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze deployed in a deep-lying forward role in the absence of strikers such as Mario Gomez and Lukas Podolski.

Ozil feels such adaptability is a huge asset to the side, telling a press conference: “It is to our advantage that we can play different systems. I look forward to seeing which system we will play next.”

Marco Reus echoed the comments of his team-mate, adding: “I played in that position for years with Gladbach [Borussia Monchengladbach] , so I know how to conduct myself there. We have many good players who can play in that position.”

Germany face Kazakhstan once more on Tuesday, and despite the relative ease in which they secured victory on Friday, team manager Oliver Bierhoff has warned against complacency.

“There are some teams in qualification which have lost important points against lower-ranked teams. We must still be concentrated and dominate the match,” he said.

Bastian Schweinsteiger will be suspended for the match after picking up a booking at Astana Arena, with Sven Bender being called up to replace him, but according to Bierhoff, Ilkay Gundogan is favourite to fill the midfield void.

He said: “Ilkay’s development is very good. He has already proved his quality in the national team.”

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