Real Madrid’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil claims that the criticism directed at him this season is unfair and that people shouldn’t always expect ‘extraordinary’ performances.
Madrid are last season’s La Liga winners are a massive 11 points behind their long-running Barcelona rivals, who are currently sitting pretty at the top of the league, and Ozil’s performances have specifically been singled out as a big contributor to his sides lack of success so far in this campaign.
But the German was part of the Real side that beat their local city rivals Atletico Madrid 2-0 on Saturday, in what could be a crucial result in the overall league standings as the season progresses.
Ozil scored one of the Madrid goals but is fed up of being criticised for performances in which he feels are worthy of nicer comments.
“Generally speaking, the people always seem to expect extraordinary performances,” said the 24-year-old.
“Putting in a normal game isn’t enough anymore. That already leads to criticism. You have to get used to that at a club like Real Madrid.
“I am always willing to listen to constructive criticism. However, people forget about my good games. A lot depends on the team’s performances. We have not always shown what we’re capable of. We have made too many mistakes.”
The Germany star believes that the same two players are always the ones who are forced to take the blame when Jose Mourinho’s men are not at their best.
“The team has missed its start and people will always criticise one or two players. Unfortunately it’s always Sami Khedira and I, nobody else.
“A team like Real Madrid win together and lose together. My third season at Madrid is a bit bitter because the team makes too many mistakes. This season is still long though. We will be back.”
Cristiano Ronaldo is probably one Madrid player that could completely escape the blame, but surely even he can’t fire the team to the La Liga title this season.