By Nik Brumsack
Thomas Eisfeld believes a change in training methods is a major reason behind the number of talented German playmakers who have broken through in recent years.
Mario Gotze, 20, Mesut Ozil, 24, Marco Reus, 23, and Julian Draxler, 19, were all nurtured by German academies before eventually going on to excel at Champions League level.
Eisfeld admits he has been inspired by the success of that quartet, and believes a heightened focus on technique in training has helped them to maximise their potential.
“I think it [their emergence] has a lot to do with the youth in Germany at the moment, because a lot of hard work is being done there,” Eisfeld told Arsenal Player.
“I remember from my time in Germany, we did a lot of work with the ball. Maybe in the past it was different in Germany. There was more of an emphasis on tackling and battling for possession.
“Now there’s more stress on passing, dribbling and technical ability.
“[Ozil, Reus, Draxler and Gotze] are all sublime players. I think I can take a lot from their game and I will. I want to learn a lot from them.”
Eisfeld was in the same Borussia Dortmund youth team as the highly-rated Gotze, and he believes the German international can become one of the best players on the planet.
“For me he’s an excellent player. He’s outstanding - one of the best 20-year-olds in the world. He’s already world-class but if he carries on the way he’s going, he’ll be in the best 10 in the world.”
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