What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

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Post by Babun on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:42 pm

My last old thread, goal.com can go to hell now :lol!:

Hi people, I've got a little bit time now and want to explain Özil's game. There seems to be confusion in some threads about his playing style and what he brings to Real Madrid.

First of all, is he the new Zidane? Definiatly not! He has got superb passing at close range, above average from afar and slightly above average high passes. Zidane excelled in all three of them. Zidane's game wasn't based around his pace, he was a two-footed dribbler( very hard to guess for opponents) and a midfield general who controlled the midfield in a classical way.
Özil ressembles him only in short-middle distance passing on the ground and that he can dictate the happenings in final third, the similarities end here.

Second, is he the new Kaka?He certainly has got more in common with the later. Kaka had unbeliable pace with the ball and could dribble at that crazy speed.He scored a lot and had superb passing in final third.
Özil has got crazy acceleration like the old Kaka and can dribble at speed like the other BUT Kaka's game was based around the above listed attributes,in Özil's case it's only a part of his game. In conclusion, he has got a lot of Kaka's attributes but he doesn't play like him.

Now,the question, how does he play?

Zidane and Kaka were/are masters on the ball most of the time, 80% of Özil's game happens without the ball.

He is a master at finding space to run into. He runs with speed exactly between the lines of two or more players no matter whether defenders or midfielders.It causes havoc and the players responsible need to close him down, in that moment there will be 2 players from opposition out of position, there's space to exploit by other team mates.He then releases the ball instead of keeping it long and dribbling with it then runs into space again. It needs to be said that a lot of intelligence is needed to play that way.Here an example of it, watch the the moves for 0-1 @53s:


Why is it so effective?

He is not a fixed attacking midfielder, he runs all over the field looking for the gaps,he plays as attacking mid, left winger, right winger and SS.The team he plays against has to think as one to neglect his attributes which doesnt happen often.To stop Özil from doing his stuff, 3 players are needed!
......player1............player2.......
..................player3...............
..............Özil.............................
It could be a problem in a middle table team but not in Real, others can step up if that happens.Also, he plays on the level of the last two defenders in forward movement, it psyches the opponents out because he could burst away wihout being offside. It causes the opposite team to sit deeper in the long run.

What does he bring to Madrid?

Ronaldo, Di Maria and Higuain are terrific players but closed down without space their damage is limited. Özil can create space for them to exploit and find them with slick passing.

What are the weaknesses in his game?

He makes heavy use of his left foot and neglects his right most of the time even if it's to his disadvantage in certain situations.There's hope that he could overcome that problem, he uses his right foot more often after coming to Madrid.

His shooting is suspect and he passes in times where he should shoot. His shooting with right foot is even worse. It helps the opponents to ignore him and close down the target of his passes. In short, if he improves his shooting, he would create even more space for team mates and score more.There seems to be little progress as well under Mourinho.

The 3rd weakness and the mythos about his fitness level is more problematic than the first two. A lot of people here on the board think that he is not fit to play for 90min LIKE others. There is the mistake. It's not that he is less fit than his team mates, he uses up the stamina that a normal footballer would use in 90min in 75min. Why? He runs with a lot of speed all the time into space all around the pitch. He covers a lot of ground and he does it with pace.The solution would be for him to make breaks inbetween the game like R7 does and just jog around from time to time or somehow magically raise his stamina level above others

4. I've yet to see a header from him. Zidane as assistant coach anyone?

5. Although improved under Mourinho, his tracking back is suspect, he sometime loses the ball in vital positions.

And now, the answer to the thread name:
Özil plays like Özil I can't remeber a player who played like him, a space exploiter.Makelele has got a position named after him, I would name this playing style after Özil. He doesn't play like Zidane or Kaka, he plays özilesque.

Update: he uses his right foot more,bulked up physically, assisted with a header Very Happy I saw the match Real vs. Bayern oldies and I have to say, he really plays more like Zidane, their playing style is comparable. Ozil looks very raw though.

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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by Mr Nick09 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:44 pm

None of them i would say, he reminds me more of Laudrup. He is more dynamic on the ball, but do not use overwhelming speed like kaka

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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by Jack Daniels on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:46 pm

A fast Zidane. Kaka is a one dimentional direct player.


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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by Ganso on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:46 pm

cmon,kaka was twice as fast as ozil.i believe ozil is more similar to zidane if you want to compare them
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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by Babun on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:47 pm

St_Nick09_of_Goal wrote:None of them i would say, he reminds me more of Laudrup. He is more dynamic on the ball, but do not use overwhelming speed like kaka
I watched the game Real vs. Bayern legends. He really plays more like Zidane, they make steps into space and avoid challenges this way Very Happy Zidane plays deeper though.
@Ganso wrote:cmon,kaka was twice as fast as ozil.i believe ozil is more similar to zidane if you want to compare them
The thread is 8 months old, I just transferred it...

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Post by Mr Nick09 on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:50 pm

His body movements are closer to Zidane's, definitely. he doesnt try to out run people to beat them

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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by The Madrid One on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:55 pm

he aint kaka at all, hes more like zidane and laudrup put together, hes faster than zidane but not as fact as kaka.

heck i was watching an assit kaka gave to fabiano in confederations cup

ozil would never be able to run that fast.

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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by Guest on Mon Jun 06, 2011 6:55 pm

Neither. He makes me think of Safet Susic actually.

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Post by BarrileteCosmico on Mon Jun 06, 2011 7:07 pm

New Kaka = Pastore, mate.

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Re: What does Özil?Is he the new Zidane, Kaka or a mix of them?

Post by The Madrid One on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:25 pm

pastore? lets see where he ends up playing...

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Post by Onyx on Mon Jun 06, 2011 8:33 pm

I think he's more similar to Zidane.

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Post by Guest on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:06 pm

He's not at all like Pastore or Kaka

I would say more Zidane like in his play with a little infusion of Figo

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Post by Doc on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:10 pm

Only reason I would think people would compare him to Kaka is because of Ozil rather underrated speed. Other than that, he has more of Zidane's qualities than anything.

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Post by LaDecima on Mon Jun 06, 2011 11:59 pm

He's good in tight spaces like Zidane. Provides the passes like Laudrup.

Sweats like Shaquille O'Neal Smile

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Post by The Madrid One on Tue Jun 07, 2011 12:08 am

hes 22, you guys think he can reach their heights

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Post by adnyana179 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:29 am

@The Madrid One wrote:hes 22, you guys think he can reach their heights
He has time in his favour and a good squad around him. I don't see why he can't match them, or even eclipse them.

On the comparisons, I see more of a Zidane influence than any other.
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Post by ÖMARz on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:55 am

Ozil is Ozil. A legend in the making in his own right :coffee:

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Post by adnyana179 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 1:58 am

Who is that in your sig omarz?
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Post by vanDEEZ on Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:03 am

ozil is the new ozil.
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Post by ÖMARz on Tue Jun 07, 2011 2:34 am

@adnyana179 wrote:Who is that in your sig omarz?

You mirin my wife here buddy? Cool

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Post by adnyana179 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:08 am

OMARz wrote:
@adnyana179 wrote:Who is that in your sig omarz?

You mirin my wife here buddy? Cool
She adds some flavour to the section, so you can't blame me for being curious.
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Post by 7amood11 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 3:20 am

I think Oezil's short-range passing is very similar to Zidane. His off the ball movements are also similar to some extent.

But I can't think of anything he has in common with Kaka...
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Post by jenno on Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:07 am

Maybe his runs are a little bit similar to Kaka's...

I see him more like Zidane.

But he has his own style, difficult to compare him to other players!
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Post by Sniper__90 on Tue Jun 07, 2011 6:00 am

@7amood11 wrote:I think Oezil's short-range passing is very similar to Zidane. His off the ball movements are also similar to some extent.

But I can't think of anything he has in common with Kaka...

When he has the ball at his feet, his dribbling style reminds me somewhat of Kaka (when in form with AC Milan).
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Post by I-no on Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:36 am

does it matter how he plays as long as we win?
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