Mesut Ozil has stated that he enjoyed playing in a deeper midfield role for the German national team.
The World Cup holders demolished Italy by a 4-1 scoreline with the Arsenal playmaker getting himself on the scoresheet.
The 27-year-old played in an unfamiliar holding midfield role.
Germany manager Joachim Low played a back three, with Ozil sitting further back to counteract the anticipated press from Italy.
“I enjoyed playing as a sixer,” Ozil told Kicker (via ESPN).
“It’s a touch easier in that position because you have more time than as playmaker, where you always have two or three opponents around you.”
Germany were in ruthless form and were ahead after 24 minutes via a strike from Tony Kroos. Mario Gotze doubled the German’s lead shortly before half time.
Hector put Germany 3-0 ahead after 59 minutes while Ozil got on the score sheet in the 75th after converting from the penalty spot.
Ozil has 19 assists and seven goals in 38 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions this season.