I really don’t know anything about Julian Brandt, so I couldn’t tell you if he has been better than Sane. I’m not sure there’s a better left winger in that squad than Sane, but there you go. I know they play in completely different positions, and have completely different roles, but Sane had a much better season than Mesut Ozil. He also surely had a better season than Julian Draxler, who didn’t even play every week for PSG. I’m shocked Löw hasn’t found a place in the squad for him.
There are some suggestions this morning that he has been left at home because of his attitude, but these suggestions seem to have originated from the S*n, so they probably just pulled that idea out of their holes with no reason to believe it. But it does make sense, if that is the case. I mean, how could you possibly leave someone that good at home? He is absolutely brilliant, and it’s a big, big call to not bring him. If there was worry that he would cause divisions in the camp because of his attitude, you can see why he’s not going. He doesn’t come across as somebody with a bad attitude to me, but there you go.
Löw added: “Maybe he has not fully arrived in the national team games. Maybe that tipped the balance. He did a good job against Austria, tried to work in defence, went into the transition play. No blame here. And his behaviour off the pitch was good as well.”
I have been reading that he hasn’t really turned up for Germany in the 12 games he has played for them so that’s why he’s not going. That could be it, but I still think somebody with that quality would be a great option to have. But what’s done is done, and I’m sure he’ll get over it. At just 22 years of age, he has plenty of opportunities to go to the World Cup in the future.
I’m sure Man City are delighted he’s not going. Chances are, Germany will go far in the World Cup. If they went all the way, Sane wouldn’t have a pre-season and would have missed the start of next season as he would have been on holiday. Now they get one of their best players back fresh for next season. It’s definitely good news for them.
Elsewhere, Yaya Toure has stuck the knife into Pep Guardiola. He says that the Man City manager has problems with Africans, and that he did everything he could to spoil his last season at the club. Toure was left out of the City team for almost all of the season, and had to wait until the final game of the season to make his first start.
In an interview with France Football Magazine, (translated by the Guardian) Toure said: “He [Guardiola] insists he has no problems with black players, because he is too intelligent to be caught out. But when you realise that he has problems with Africans, wherever he goes, I ask myself questions. He will never admit it. But the day he will line up a team in which we find five Africans, not naturalised, I promise I will send him a cake.”
They’re extremely big claims, but I think they’re claims that have to be taken with a pinch of salt. We have seen before that Toure can be a bit ridiculous at times, like when there were claims that he would leave City because he wasn’t wished happy birthday by the club. At the time, Toure’s adviser said: “He [Toure] got a cake, but when it was Roberto Carlos’s birthday, the president of Anzhi gave him a Bugatti.
“I don’t expect City to present Yaya with a Bugatti, we only asked that they shook his hand and said ‘we congratulate you’. It is the minimum they must do when it is his birthday and the squad is all together.
“Of course, Yaya is upset about this. It is his birthday and nobody said anything or shook his hand, so he does not feel comfortable.”
But then videos emerged of Toure being presented with a cake while people sang happy birthday to him. It was one of the strangest transfer request threats I have ever heard. He ended up staying in the end, of course.
There are more quotes from Toure, which you can read in the Guardian by clicking here. I don’t really want to get too far into this because I have no idea how true the claims are. I definitely wouldn’t take what Toure says as gospel, though.
That’s about it for this morning. Once again, I won’t be on Twitter with news today. I’ll round up whatever I missed in the morning though, so drop back in for that. Have a good Tuesday.