Jose Mourinho launches staunch defence of Mesut Ozil

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Arsenal fans still waiting to see the best of Germany superstar Mesut Ozil have once again been told to buck up their ideas by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who is adamant that the playmaker needs encouragement and support rather than criticism to shine at the highest level.

Ozil was hammered by analysts and supporters alike during difficult moments of a rollercoaster first season in the Premier League season, particularly after missing a penalty and struggling markedly against Bayern Munich in a Champions League clash at the Emirates.

There were huge positives during the first half of the season though for the 25-year-old, who has a vocal backer in his former Real Madrid boss Mourinho, who believes there needs to be a basic appreciation of Ozil's role within the team.

In a press release sent to GiveMeSport by Yahoo Sport the Blues boss gave his take on Ozil, declaring: "I can not understand the criticism it's not justified, Ozil is Ozil. He is not the emotional leader of that team and doesn't sweep everyone aside with his on the field aggression.

"No, this is not Mesut. Özil is someone who makes you smile when he's on the ball. He is always ready and makes good passes, his balls are always accurate and properly timed.

"Mesut I know well from our time together at Real Madrid. He's a very sensitive boy. He needs the confidence of the others. The need to believe in him.

Just a little more love

For now Ozil's mind is on making sure he helps make sure Germany's star-studded squad finally win silverware at the World Cup, a campaign which started magnificently with a 4-0 over Portugal on Monday.

Ozil gave a fine example of his attacking talent during the first 63 minutes of that German masterclass before being replaced by Andre Schurrle, with Mourinho insisting that the fantastic reception he received from fans and team-mates is exactly what he needs.

He explained: "After his substitution in the game against Portugal, he was cheered by someone immediately. The first was with him Sami Khedira.

"That was no coincidence: The two know each other well from Madrid. Sami knew in that moment what Özil needed. A sweet touch! A little encouragement!"

Arsene Wenger will hope that Ozil continues to perform strongly for his country in a sustained World Cup and after a rest ready to reproduce that form at club level, as Gunners fans look to see a club record £42.4m price tag justified.

Pressure from all corners

Chelsea's £30m move for former Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas has definitely put the spotlight on Ozil even further by accident rather than design, with Wenger deciding that he didn't need the Spanish international as he has a plethora of options in attacking midfield positions.

Fabregas will come up against Ozil next season and comparisons between the two stars about bound to be commonplace, with the rivalry set to define both side's Premier League push.

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