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Football: Mertesacker outburst reflects Germany's great expectations

Published on Jul 1, 2014 10:09 PM
 
Germany's Per Mertesacker (centre) jumps for the ball past Algeria's Islam Slimani (second, left) during their 2014 World Cup round of 16 game at the Beira Rio stadium in Porto Alegre on June 30, 2014. 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. -- REUTERS

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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