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Jurgen Klopp has become the latest name to defend Mesut Ozil as the German continues to be made a scapegoat for his countries World Cup failings.
Ozil has been targeted as the main reason Germany crashed out of the World Cup in Russia in the group stages.
His meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which came on the eve of the tournament, has been used as a hammer with which to beat him repeatedly. While no doubt a stupid move from Ozil, who seems smart enough to know the problems posing with Erdogan would cause, the response has been hyperbolic, to say the least.
Germany finished the group stages bottom of the table with just three points.
Speaking about Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan, who was also there, Klopp told Bild, “Both were certainly not very well advised in this matter.
“Older, more experienced people should have helped them there.
“We should not forget that the two of them have Turkish roots even though they grew up here in Germany. But it is the same as always: the one who cries the loudest is the one who hears the most. But that’s never been my thing.”
Germany’s general manager, Oliver Bierhoff and their FA’s president, Reinhard Grindel, were urged to step down after attacks on Ozil following their country’s poor World Cup.
We’ve had calls for him to be removed from the national team while Bierhoff questioned why he was picked in the first place.