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Ozil praises German versatility

Ozil praises German versatility

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The midfielder feels Joachim Low's side boasts an impressive ability to adapt its tactics to suit different demands, while team manager Oliver Bierhoff called for concentration.

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil believes Joachim Low's side has the edge over the opposition because the team can adapt to many different styles of playing.

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 teammate, 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 faces Kazakhstan once more on Tuesday, and despite the relative ease in which the team 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 the favorite to fill the midfield void.

"Ilkay's development is very good," he said. "He has already proved his quality in the national team."

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