Germany won’t settle for draw, says Ozil

Mesut Ozil has brushed aside any suggestions that Germany would be involved in another ‘biscotto’ affair and manufacture a convenient draw against the United States in Recife today.

Germany won’t settle for draw, says Ozil

The two countries would both progress to the last 16 with a point each, and to make matters more enticing for conspiracy theorists, the two coaches are close friends and former colleagues.

Furthermore the USA team is coached by a German, Jurgen Klinsmann, and contains five German-American players, GI babies who are a legacy of the US army’s presence in the old West Germany.

Biscotto is an Italian word meaning ‘cookies’ which has become a term for games where both teams connive at obtaining a mutually-beneficial result. West Germany, infamously, beat Austria 1-0 at the 1982 World Cup in such a game which saw both teams qualify at the expense of Algeria.

For Arsenal, playmaker Ozil and Germany coach Joachim Low, there is not even a temptation to settle for a draw against the USA.

Ozil said: “I believe as a player, we do not play for a draw. We play 90 minutes to score. Our purpose is to do our utmost to win. We want to finish top of the group.”

The infamous West Germany-Austria match will be 32 years to the day but Low dismissed its relevance.

He said: “Nowadays it does not mean anything to this squad. Most of the players had not been born then. They would not have an opinion about that, they never watched it.

“It’s difficult to understand nowadays, we do not know how it happened. It is not a topic for Jurgen or myself, we go to the pitch to win, not for a draw. If you want a draw, it never works.”

Klinsmann will put his personal friendship with Low to one side and tell his US players to go out with aggression for “a battle”. He said: “Every player wants to be involved in this and we will approach it with determination and in a focused way.

“We will come out and be very aggressive and give Germany a real battle. Joachim Low is a close friend of mine and I have a lot of admiration for what he has achieved over the last eight years but we will leave the text messages and phonecalls for a couple of days.”

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