Ozil: Germany can become legends

The Arsenal playmaker says only winning the World Cup will satisfy him in Brazil and urged his team-mates to take the opportunity to put their names in the history books
Mesut Ozil has urged his Germany team-mates to seize their opportunity to win the World Cup, an achievement that would see them become legends in their homeland.

Joachim Low’s men topped Group G ahead of USA, Portugal and Ghana and are now preparing to face Algeria in the last 16 on Monday.

Ozil has stressed there is no margin for error as his team enter the knockout phase of the tournament and said nothing but overall victory would please him.

"We can beat anyone if we give our best. We can become legends by winning the World Cup as a European team in South America,” the 25-year-old told Kicker.

“Anything else would be a disappointment for me personally. Four years ago, we went out before reaching our goal. I don't want to crash out again and wait four years for the next opportunity.

"Starting with the round of 16, every little mistake can cost you your tournament. It is not like in the group phase, when you can permit yourself a draw against Ghana and you get a new chance. It is all about being successful in every match now."

Ozil says he is relatively pleased with his individual performances in the three World Cup games he has appeared in so far and discussed the challenges of facing “smaller” nations like Algeria.

The Arsenal attacking midfielder added: "I think that I have had good matches. I had chances to score which I should have taken and this is the final thing that is still missing, a goal or an assist. I will improve.

"I think Algeria will sit deep, just like the USA did, and look for the counter. Such relatively small footballing nations like Algeria want to prove themselves against Germany. They will give 200 per cent to make life difficult for us."

Victory over Algeria would see Germany come up against either France or Nigeria in the last eight.