Ozil: We don't want to fail again
After clinching the La Liga title this season, Ozil is now on international duty with Germany preparing for EURO 2012.
And he says anything other than the title in Poland and Ukraine will not be acceptable. "I have a good feeling," he said. "The title is our aim, otherwise we could save ourselves the trip."
Germany have come close to winning the past three major tournaments, always picking up a medal in European Championships and FIFA World Cups™ since 2006, but Ozil is craving a golden one to add to his bronze from two years ago.
"In 2008, we were second at the EUROs, in 2010 third at the World Cup - we have always failed just before the winning line," he told Bild. "It would certainly be a disappointment if we were to finish second again. I am convinced that we can do it."
Prior to winning the league title with Real, the 23-year-old had only tasted success in the DFB-Pokal with Werder Bremen and the Copa del Rey with Real last season, as well as victory with Germany's U-21s at the 2009 UEFA European Championship.
He now feels that he is in the best form of his life and is enjoying his football like never before, which augments his optimism.
"This is certainly the most beautiful phase of my life, I am very happy," he said. "I have just had the best season of my career and the feeling of winning the title with Real was just fantastic. But the season is not over yet. We now want to win the European Championships."