"Den store overraskelsen fra min side er Özil, favorittspilleren min før han kom til Arsenal, og han er egentlig fortsatt det"
Alle må vokse opp til slutt , vettu ;) 4 yrs ago: (eller man kan evt gå tilbake til Özil v Kroos 2012, BM-RM mer spesifikt, hvor man allerede så problemet med Mesut i moderne fotball, om man ville, selv om mange lo fordi Mesut fikk betydelig flere ass ila sesongen. )
Personlig gjorde aldri det kjøpet det noe mersannsynlig atArsenal skulle vinne noe stort, nesten omvendt. Özil er, på tross av å ha vært der lenger enn mange av de som er der nå, nesten emblemet av Arsene(al)post 2005-6-7.
This week has shown why Wesley Sneijder is the past, Mesut Ozil is the present and Toni Kroos is the future
After their thoroughly empathetic 2-0 win over Juventus this week, there can have been only two niggles for Bayern Munich: first that they only scored twice having dominated so utterly, and second that Toni Kroos's muscle tear will keep him out for six weeks
Kroos is a phenomenon, perhaps the archetype of the modern attacking midfielder, and while Bayern won't miss him for the rest of the Bundesliga season – a draw against Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday will secure the title with six games remaining – and should be able to cope comfortably enough without him in the second leg, it will be a major disadvantage to be without him for the Champions League semi-final
six games remaining – and should be able to cope comfortably enough without him in the second leg, it will be a major disadvantage to be without him for the Champions League semi-final.
Kroos is 23, just five years younger than Wesley Sneijder, but even in a week in which he was forced off after 16 minutes, the contrast between them was clear. Sneijder once seemed the future but at just the age he should be at his peak, he seemingly decided to reinvent himself as a classic playmaker. On Wednesday, yet again, he looked an anachronism and was taken off at half-time having effectively allowed Xabi Alonso to dictate the first half. And that despite Fatih Terim, the Galatasaray coach, changing his system to create a role for a No10 over the past few weeks.
By contrast, Kroos is dynamic and hardworking. He can play at the back of midfield or at the front, in the centre or on the flank. He could almost certainly play as a box-to-box midfielder in a 4-4-2 if he ever were asked to do something so archaic. He is creative without being flash, breaks up play without being violent. He is physically robust without being a monster and astute in possession without over-reaching. He has an understated efficiency that means he probably isn't appreciated as much as he ought to be.
Kroos's statistics in the Bundesliga this season are extraordinary. He has a pass success rate of 89.7%, placing him fourth in the overall standings according to whoscored.com; the three players above him – Dante, Roel Brouwers and Luis Gustavo – are central defenders or defensive midfielders, many of whose passes will be simple short one to players who attempt riskier balls. That Kroos is playing passes that hurt the opposition is seen by his ratio of 2.8 key passes per game – third in the overall listings – eight of which have led directly to goals, placing him joint seventh in the overall chart. His ratio of 0.5 accurate through-balls per game places him joint second in the overall standings, behind only Diego of Wolfsburg.
Bayern's sporting director Matthias Sammer said after Saturday's 9-2 win over Hamburg – in which, without irony, he criticised his side for conceding twice for corners – that Bayern had to make themselves machines for winning football matches; Kroos is essentially a machine for passing, excelling both in pass selection and execution. Given his willingness to close down opponents, he is the perfect attacking midfielder for Bayern.