Joachim Low has admitted that he regrets publicly revealing his advice to Mario Gotze before bringing him on in the 2014 World Cup final.
Gotze came off the bench to score the winning goal in Germany’s 1-0 triumph over Argentina. Low subsequently revealed that he had told the attacking midfielder to “show the world you can be better than Messi”.
Of course I'm sad that I'm not attending the World Cup. I will do everything I can to get back to the squad of our national team. I wish the boys, the coaches and the team behind the team a good time in Russia and I will keep my fingers crossed for everyone to be world champions pic.twitter.com/Cx4eZg7IEZ
— Mario Götze (@MarioGoetze) May 19, 2018
The then FC Bayern München star never hit the same lofty heights again, and in 2016, he returned to former club Borussia Dortmund after falling out of favour at the Allianz Arena.
According to Goal, Low revealed at the Bild100sport event in Berlin that he feels he may have had a part to play in Gotze’s decline. “I committed the mistake to talk about that sentence publicly afterwards,” the Germany head coach was quoted as saying.
“That did not help Mario during the next few months. He was always measured to it and scoring the decisive goal might have become a burden for him.”
Gotze was left out of Low’s preliminary squad for this year’s World Cup, and Low admitted that in 2017/18, he was “simply not that Mario Gotze who we all wish to see”.