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Gomez cites Messi in his defence

Mehmet Scholl questioned striker's contribution against Portugal

ESPN staff

Mario Gomez is unfazed by criticism of his performance against Portugal by former Germany international Mehmet Scholl.

Germany striker Gomez scored the only goal of the game but he did not see out the 90 minutes, being replaced by Miroslav Klose, and his all-round contribution drew criticism from Scholl.

Scholl, who was working as a pundit for broadcaster ARD, said: "I have seen him run more (than against Portugal), but seldom less. If he did much, much more work, he would get even more chances and score more goals."

Gomez fronted up at a press conference on Monday and admitted he and Scholl have history. He said: "With Mehmet and me, there is a story there.

"Mehmet spoke to me before at the Oktoberfest. He told me: 'I know what you think about me. Since I have been an expert (pundit) you think I am a ...’

"He has already said to me that I am not fulfilling my potential and wants to bring it out of me. And I take that on board. He is a coach, you can learn a lot from coaches.”

Pointing to his record in front of goal as a defence, Gomez claims he does not have to change his style of play.  He said: "I have been the most successful striker in Germany over the last five or six years, have after (Barcelona striker, Lionel) Messi scored the most goals in the Champions League.

"I would like to know why I should change."



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