A few days before the announcement of the World Cup squad by national coach Hansi Flick, Mario Götze inspired other advocates. "For me, Mario Götze is an absolute world-class player. The way he moves between the lines is impressive. He's very difficult to defend," Augsburg manager and 1990 world champion Stefan Reuter praised the World Cup hero from Rio de Janeiro in 2014. "If "You play as bravely as we do, you have to be close. But he's got a radar around him, so he'll play right out of the press or smack the ball on first contact."
Reuter sees "not such an easy decision" for Flick to name the squad for the World Cup in Qatar on Thursday. "One will be happy, the other will be sad and disappointed," said Reuter after his FC Augsburg's 2-1 draw against Götze's Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The 30-year-old playmaker has not played an international match for five years, but after his strong season so far with the Champions League round of 16 from Frankfurt, he is considered a World Cup candidate.
The scorer of the World Cup final goal against Argentina eight years ago chatted with Reuter in the stadium catacombs after the Bundesliga game. "I paid him a big compliment for his sensational development and congratulated him on a very strong season," said Reuter.
In addition to Götze's appearance, he also highlighted the performance of Augsburg's goalscorer Mergim Berisha. "They are both absolute top players. Mergim works extremely well for us," the Augsburg manager praised the German U21 European champions, who are at least considered outsiders at the World Cup.
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