Mario Gotze has responded to his critics who has taken reservations at his performances for Germany so far at the ongoing Euro 2016 Championships.
Gotze who endured a difficult season at Bayern Munich, starting just 11 Bundesliga games as he struggled with both injury and form said he is not surprise at the criticisms coming his way; stating that it is “part of the game”.
The 24-year old who has been used as Germany’s ‘false nine’, has had four shots on goal thus far, but has failed to score or provide an assist for the world champions.
Gotze played the full duration in the opening 2-0 victory over Ukraine, and lasted over an hour in the barren outing with Poland.
“Sometimes you’re the dog, sometimes you are the tree,” Gotze said when asked of his reaction to his detractors. “That’s the way it is in football. Criticism is part of the game. We can all cope with it. We are all professionals.”
Explaining his virtues as the most advanced forward, Gotze added: “I’m not the tallest but, also, against Poland I had a headed chance. Most central defenders are taller than me.
“But if I press right, perhaps that is important to score against an opponent who sits deeply and makes it tight, trying to destroy our game.
While Gotze at the momnet is keen on helping Germany add the Euro title to their World Cup triumph, his club future remains uncertain with rumored interests coming from Liverpool as well as Arsenal in the English Premier League.