Mario Goetze scored the lone goal for Germany against Argentina to hand the former a World Cup Trophy after 24 years at the Maracana on Sunday. In an exclusive chat with Aditi Tyagi of Zee Media, former Indian skipper Baichung Bhutia said that Germany played really well and were the outright champions in Brazil.
Excerpts from the conversation:
So what were your thoughts before the final began
I was confident of a German victory and I thought they would win the tie. It came out to be right as they played really well and deserved the victory.
Which team was the better side overall in the entire match?
Germany was the team that looked the better side overall. It was a tight contest and a lively game. Germany had more of the chances and took it when it really mattered. Gonzalo Higuain should have scored with the chance he had got. It could have been a different story but in the end the better team won due to an absolutely wonderful goal by Mario Goetze.
Everybody was talking about a Messi vs Mueller battle. Mario Goetze changed everything. Your thoughts?
Both Lionel Messi and Thomas Mueller had been very important for their respective teams. Messi single handedly took Argentina forward in a few games all by himself. On the other hand Mueller was brilliant and contributed in every aspect of the game. Both their goals tally made people think it would be a clash between the two talismans. Goetze was superb and the way he collected the ball and whipped it past Sergio Romero was astonishing. The angle too was breathtaking. Goetze needed a performance like that. He is their future.
Argentina players couldn`t control their emotions and the players cried on the field. Your thoughts?
Obviously it`s a situation where emotions do flow out. After losing in a big final like this, weeping is a normal scenario. Same could have happened to any other losing finalists.
Could Argentina have won the final?
You only have one winner and one loser in a match like this. Argentina didn`t create much and the few chances they had Germany saw off the threats. The Germans looked compact and it never looked like Argentina could have won the match. Germany dictated on the field.