Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – The heroes of the 2014 World Cup could only dream of a Europa League top start such as with Bayer Leverkusen or TSG Hoffenheim.
Mario Gotze and Mesut Özil not only have to come to terms with the second highest European competition instead of the Champions League, they also have to deal with frustrations there. Götze scored for the second time in the second game for PSV Eindhoven, but the former World Cup-winning goalscorer had to get away injured at half time after his 1-0 lead – and from there to see his club still 1: 2 against FC Granada lost.
Trainer Roger Schmidt, however, does not assume that Götze will no longer be absent because of the “muscle injury”. With his move, Götze, who was barely thought of last time in Dortmund, wants to get back on track. “I am very satisfied with Mario and he is important to our team. The fact that he has already scored two goals gives him confidence and I can see that he likes being here,” said Schmidt, taking the 28th. year-old praised. “De Telegraaf” was even delighted that Götze was already “the man that football fans look to Eindhoven for”.
Mesut Özil is miles from such status at Arsenal FC. The former DFB playmaker was not included in the Gunners for the Premier League squad or the Europa League lineup. He was “deeply disappointed,” Ozil, 32, wrote on Instagram. That his loyalty and loyalty to the club was not reciprocated makes him sad, Ozil added.
Arsenal started with a 2-1 win over Rapid Vienna, in which a serious mistake by German goalkeeper Bernd Leno led to a 0-1 deficit, but still cost the Londoners no points. After his mistake, Ozil quickly rebuilt Leno after putting the ball into the feet of Viennese goalscorer Taxiarchis Fountas in the 51st minute. “Hurry up, buddy! We still have plenty of time to turn the game around. Come on, Gunners!” Ozil wrote moments after conceding the goal.
The German teams Leverkusen (6: 2 against OGC Nice) and Hoffenheim (2: 0 against Red Star Belgrade) meanwhile had only one flaw to complain: that their sovereign European start had to take place without fans in the stadium due to the Corona situation. Coach Peter Bosz’s Werkself even celebrated their biggest Europa League victory so far in the spectacle against the French guest around cult defender Dante. Captain Lars Bender said, “It’s good for the boys and good for us as a team. There are evenings when it just goes there. And then you make six cabins.”
Leverkusen has scored twice as many goals in 90 minutes of the Europa League as in the four previous Bundesliga matches. Bosz reacted angrily to the question whether the knot had now been broken: “In my opinion this is all nonsense. It cannot be that everything is good with a game. I don’t think it was as bad as before. Everyone said. And today not everything was as good as many say. “Besides the doubles scorer Karim Bellarabi, Nadiem Amiri, Lucas Alario, Moussa Diaby and Florian Wirtz also met.
For Hoffenheim it was only the second victory in the 15th international match. The 2-0 thanks to goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Munas Dabbur quickly faded into the background, at least for one pro. Midfielder Florian Grillitsch packed his things halfway through and rushed to the hospital, where his wife Hannah was already giving birth. “Now we hope that he will have a healthy European Cup baby,” said coach Sebastian Hoeneß cheerfully. With the first three, the coach had come a lot closer to his goal of wintering in the European Cup.