Although Germany’s win over Algeria last night in the World Cup was hard work, Per Mertesacker has hit back at critics of their performance.
Approached by TV channel ZDF after the game, the BFG was in no mood to put up with any moaning from the sidelines and insisted that qualification for the qaurter-finals was the only thing that mattered.
Praising the quality of an Algeria side who worked extremely hard for the 120 minutes, Mertesacker said, “Would you rather we played beautiful football but got knocked out?
“I don’t know what you want from me. What do you want now, right after the match? I don’t understand that. Do you think that in the last sixteen there’s some kind of Carnival troupe or something like that? They made it really hard for us over 120 minutes and we fought until the end, and then convinced, especially in extra time.
“All that matters is we’re in the quarter-finals.”
Damn straight. We know a thing or two about that whole ‘playing well and losing’ and ‘scrapping out a win when not playing particularly well’, as there really is only one choice in that scenario.
Mesut Ozil meanwhile got his first World Cup goal, slamming the ball home on the rebound after setting up Chelsea’s Schürrle for an attempt on goal.
The former Real Madrid man was also the subject of criticism for his overall display, but we at Arseblog News couldn’t not a single, solitary fish’s tit about how he plays for Germany.
Life’s too short to get angry over that kind of nonsense. Germany will play France in the quarter-final on Friday.
Here’s a full translation of Per’s interview (cheers, Cyril).