Mesut Ozil predicts Premier League, Champions League and World Cup winners

Former Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has assessed Liverpool and Manchester City while making his club predictions before turning his sights to the World Cup.

Mesut Ozil won the World Cup in 2014

Mesut Ozil claims Liverpool will fail in their pursuit of an unprecedented four-fold this season as they tipped Manchester City to Premier League triumph.

However, the former Arsenal ace backed Jurgen Klopp’s side to claim their seventh European crown this season with success in the Champions League. The Reds were drawn against Benfica in the quarter-finals and will need to beat either Bayern Munich or Villarreal in the semi-finals if they are to reach the showpiece Stade de France in May.

City are on the other side of the draw and will face Atletico Madrid in their two round of 16 matches, with the winner advancing to a blockbuster semi-final against title-holders Chelsea or Real Madrid, 13 times continental conqueror.

Domestically, defending champions City have the upper hand in the two-horse title race with a slim one-point advantage over Liverpool. Pep Guardiola’s men dropped points in their last top flight as Crystal Palace held them to a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. It came after City opened the door for their rivals to close the gap with a dramatic 3-2 loss to Tottenham in February.

The momentum is undoubtedly with Liverpool, who have won their last nine league games, but Ozil expects the trophy to remain at the Etihad. The former Germany international took to Twitter to make his run-in predictions, backing City for the Premier League title and Liverpool for Champions League glory.

Ozil – a 2014 World Cup winner who now plies his trade with Fenerbahce – also turned his attention to the next tournament in Qatar this winter and, to the delight of England fans, threw his weight behind the Three Lions to bring football home.

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England’s credentials will be put to the test next week as they host Switzerland and Ivory Coast in friendlies at Wembley Stadium. Gareth Southgate’s side have made leaps and bounds in recent years, reaching the World Cup semi-finals in Russia four years ago and the Euro 2020 final.

The Three Lions suffered a gruesome loss to Italy on penalties last summer, but there’s no denying that their young side are one of the most exciting in world football. England qualified for Qatar with a fine record of eight wins and two draws at the top of Group I.

Southgate must now begin the difficult task of figuring out which players will board the plane for the Middle East in November. France are the reigning world champions after beating Croatia in a thrilling final in 2018, while Brazil, England and Spain are also among the bookmaker’s favorites to win this year’s tournament.

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