Mesut Ozil is having the season of his life and did not hold back to show his confidence when confronted by The Times.
Despite of Leicester’s emergence, pundits have tipped Arsenal and Manchester City to be title contenders this season. A six-pointer match like this, will be very important towards the end of the season. Out of the two, Manchester City is the side with lower level of confidence. They won their last match in the stoppage time against relegation battling Swansea.
Ozil sounded really confident about the results. He feels that-
We are a more confident team this season. I can feel as a player on the pitch the team is more confident when we play. We dominate the other team.
The German play-maker is in no doubt that his team will snatch three points from the home fixture against Citizens.
I believe we will take the three points from City. We want to win because it’s at our home and we want to be successful. We are more hungry this season.
According to Ozil, the hunger to win is the key to this success and consistency. He is really hopeful about holding onto this run and end the season on a high.
The former Real Madrid star holds no fear for Barcelona. He thinks that as they have beaten Bayern at home this season, they can beat Barcelona too. He is also counting on his defenders to nullify the threats from Barcelona’s deadly trio – Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Ozil has always been an ambassador of selfless and honest football. When some of world’s biggest stars are taking this ploy, why couldn’t he even think about diving? He revealed to The Times –
I grew up like that. I play always honestly. I won’t change. I don’t dive. I can’t dive. I just can’t do that. I grew up playing on that hard surface, and I couldn’t dive on it as I’d hurt my legs. There were stones on it.
As a side-effect of playing in the no. 10 position, he was victim of hard tackles often. But, he was more into drawing tackles or soaking them up rather than simulating something.