Mesut Özil spoke to Kicker magazine about his successful season so far.
The 27-year old stated that he has looked after ‘the small details’, such as sleeping more and undergoing physiotherapy on his days off.
“The biggest change started when I was injured last year and I changed my diet and started to look at the small details in my life,” Ozil told Kicker (via Guardian).
“For example I started to have physiotherapy on my days off and made sure I had a good sleep. That is crucial over here [in England]. It is the fastest league in the world and we often play twice a week with no winter break.
“I also missed football a lot when I was injured and I don’t want that to happen again. That’s why I am doing everything I can to avoid it now.”
Özil has just four goals in all competitions this season which is just one short of last seasons tally of five.
The 27-year-old does however, have a remarkable assist record which is the best in Europe’s top five leagues including England, Spain, Germany, France and Italy.
The World Cup winner has racked up 15 assists this season which is just one behind the record holder (for the amount of assists in a single season) Thierry Henry.
Özil setup both goals in the 2-1 victory over City last weekend and is almost certain to start against Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium tomorrow evening.