Ozil needs to be loved, says Mourinho
The Arsenal attacker was criticised for waning performances last season, but his former boss at Real Madrid believes he is a world-class player when filled with confidence
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has defended Arsenal â€™s record signing Mesut Ozil and says the Germany international is a â€œsensitive boyâ€ who needs to feel loved. The 25-year-old was the subject of criticism in the second half of his maiden campaign in England, with injuries and tiredness affecting his performances and contributing to accusations of a lack of work rate.
But Mourinho, who coached the playmaker at Real Madrid, insists it is not in Ozilâ€™s nature to tear around the field, but praised his ability on the ball and called for Arsenal fans to get behind the German.
â€œI think itâ€™s hard to criticize him, because Ozil is Ozil,â€ said Mourinho told Yahoo Sport.
â€œIf you were expecting Ozil 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.
â€œIf you are waiting for somebody where every time he touches the ball, the ball smiles, every time he makes a pass, the ball
goes in the right direction, at the right speed, the right intensity â€“ this is Ozil.â€
He added: â€œI learned with him, because we were together for quite a long time, that heâ€™s a very sensitive boy. â€œHe needs confidence. He needs trust. He needs to feel that people are with him. When heâ€™s on the pitch, every time he
touches the ball, the ball goes beautifully.
â€œAnd heâ€™ll always finds the right man in the right place. So, sometimes, you donâ€™t see him, sometimes he isnâ€™t on the [television] screen many, many times. But when he gets going he is a special player.â€
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