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Ozil backs Germany coach Low

Coach faced backlash over team changes after semi-final defeat to Italy

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Joachim Low had masterminded a run of 15 wins in a row before the Italy defeat© PA Photos

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has backed Joachim Low after the national coach faced a backlash in some sections of the German media in the aftermath of the 2-1 semi-final defeat to Italy.

Low was criticised for making changes to his line-up for the clash with the Azzurri - with reports claiming his alterations had caused unrest in the squad - and some pundits have called for a change at the top.

Germany, who many had expected to reach a second successive Euro final in four years after defeat to Spain, were undone by two Mario Balotelli goals in Warsaw as they suffered defeat after a run of 15 wins in a row.

Ozil, whose late penalty proved to be nothing more than a consolation, told Welt am Sonntag: “We should not change everything because of one result - we won 15 games with the same team.

"Because of one tight result, the three games in the group stage are being overlooked and now there is a discussion over sacking the coach.

“We have got a lot of praise for many years now, especially from abroad, so how is it that everything is suddenly all wrong? To win a title, everything must be right. But you also need some luck. We're doing everything to win a title, but it's not so easy.”

Real Madrid midfielder Ozil said Low’s qualities meant he could succeed wherever he went, adding: “Could he coach Real Madrid? Of course - why not? He definitely has the quality to do it. He is a very good coach, one of the best in the world.”

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