Sunday, July 22, 2018

Gomez resigned to playing Spain

Mario Gomez said he believes Germany will have to go through Spain if they are to realise their dream of winning Euro 2012.

Germany have made a strong start to the tournament, winning their opening two games, but after watching Vicente del Bosque’s men rout Republic of Ireland on Thursday, the Bayern Munich forward acknowledged that the defending champions remain the team to beat in Poland and Ukraine.

“We have won two games but we have not reached anything,” Gomez told reporters at a press conference on Friday.

“And we have been following the other games very closely. For example, Spain yesterday (against Ireland). Our aim must be to defeat them.”

Fernando Torres netted twice in the 4-0 rout of the Irish and Gomez – who was heavily criticised for his wasteful display against Chelsea in the Champions League final – is pleased that his fellow forward has rediscovered his goalscoring touch.

“Torres had the same problems as me,” the 26-year-old Gomez said.

“So I was very happy that he scored twice after a very hard season with Chelsea.”

Gomez has scored all of his country’s tournament goals to date, netting the only goal of the game against Portugal before striking twice in the 2-1 win over Netherlands.

The former Stuttgart front man is now the clear favourite to top the goalscoring charts for the tournament, but he insisted that he is not thinking about individual accolades.

“Being top scorer is not important for me. What’s important is that we win the cup,” he said.

Gomez will be hoping to continue his impressive run in Sunday’s final Group B fixture against Denmark.


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