Mesut Ozil has voiced his support for under-fire Germany boss Joachim Low, claiming that it would be nonsensical to sack the coach on the back of one bad result following their defeat to Italy in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
Die Mannschaft were heavy favourites to progress to the tournament decider given they had won their previous 15 competitive internationals and boast a 100 per cent record at the Euros heading into the last-four clash, but they succumbed to a Mario Balotelli double, with Ozil's late penalty proving in vain.
Low has been castigated over his team selection, with reports suggesting that some of the changes he made caused unrest in the dressing room, but the 52-year-old coach has the full support of Ozil.
"We should not change everything because of one result," the Real Madrid attacking midfielder told Welt am Sonntag. "We won 15 games with the same team.
"Because of one tight result, the three games in the group stage are being overlooked and now there is a discussion over sacking the coach. We have got a lot of praise for many years now, especially from abroad, so how is that everything is suddenly all wrong?
"To win a title, everything must be right. But you also need some luck. To have been in the semi-finals four times in a row [going back to the 2006 World Cup] is a great achievement.
"We're doing everything to win a title but it's not so easy."
Germany have triumphed in just one of their four successive semi-finals, against Turkey at Euro 2008, but they were ultimately beaten by Spain in the final.