Football: Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany's great expectations
Published on Jul 1, 2014 10:09 PM
SANTO ANDRE, Brazil (REUTERS) - The usually mild-mannered Per Mertesacker for once lost his temper, his angry riposte startling a German TV reporter who had dared ask the defender why Germany had laboured into the World Cup quarter-finals.
"What do you want from me? What do you want?" he snapped after Germany's 2-1 extra-time win over Algeria on Monday. "We're in the last eight and that's what counts."
Mertesacker's outburst epitomised the frustration among the Germany players who feel that, even with a victory, the fans - and media - back home in Germany will not be satisfied unless Joachim Loew's men dazzle and entertain.
Expectations in Germany are running high for a team that has reached the semi-finals of the last two World Cups - at home in Germany in 2006 and in South Africa in 2010. This is the country's "golden generation" and the nation expects the title - as do the players.
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