Friday 25 May 2018

Ozil just one of many danger men we have to stop, warns John O’Shea

JOHN O'Shea has warned his team-mates they will need to stop more than just Mesut Ozil if they are take anything from tonight's World Cup qualifier against Germany.

Much of the debate in Ireland this week has surrounded manager Giovanni Trapattoni's plan to deal with the mercurial Ozil, with the Italian having hinted he may consider asking one of his midfielders to take on the "impossible" task of man-marking him.

However, O'Shea, who will captain the team in the absence of the injured Robbie Keane, knows how dangerous it could be to concentrate on one man.

He said: "He is a fantastic player, but if we focus our attention too much on one of Germany's players, they have plenty of others with the quality to punish you.

"I played against [Lukas] Podolski in the first game of the [Barclays Premier League] season, so I am well aware of his qualities.

"But if I was to go through the whole team, I would be here for quite a while talking about their quality and ability. We have to be on guard for all the German players."

Press Association

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