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Former Germany midfielder Mehmet Scholl has criticised Mario Gotze, accusing the forward of being lazy. Dennis Smith Womens Jersey . Bayern Munich forward Gotze, who scored the winning goal in World Cup final as Germany beat Argentina in Rio two years ago, has struggled to hold down a first-team place under Pep Guardiola.The 23-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena, with former Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp apparently interested in taking the player to Liverpool. Gotze has missed a large chunk of the season through injury, but he scored in Germanys 4-1 friendly win over Italy on Tuesday night.Prior to the match former Bayern Munich player Scholl, who won Euro 96 with Germany, said: Why cant he produce consistent performances? For me the answer is obvious - he has to train much, much more. Mario Gotze (c) scores for Germany in the 4-1 win over Italy I remember when he was very young at Dortmund. He was an arrow, he was so fast, he was so athletic. At the moment he is so far removed from that.Following the game Gotze defended himself, when asked for a comment.He said that? How did he come to that conclusion? Does he come to (Bayerns) training? Or did he just say that? said Gotze.If he sees it that way, I will take it to heart. I believe that I train enough. Also See: Euro 2016 Fixtures Latest video Tables Get Sky Sports Joe Flacco Womens Jersey .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. Courtland Sutton Youth Jersey . LOUIS -- Heading into the final stretch of the season, the issues for the Chicago Bears banged-up defence only seem to be getting worse. http:///...urg-Broncos-Jerseys/ . Robinson finished with 17 points, all but two in the second half, and Lawson had 14 after halftime and finished with a game-high 11 assists as the Nuggets handed Dallas its first home loss in eight games this season. J.J. Hickson led Denver with 22, and Kenneth Faried added 10 points and 10 rebounds. RIO DE JANEIRO -- In the last three Olympics it was a semifinal matchup, the penultimate step on the winners climb to the gold-medal podium.Now the U.S. mens basketball team meets Argentina in the quarterfinals, and the stakes couldnt be clearer.The Americans win, or suffer their greatest Olympic failure ever.The Argentines win, or say goodbye to their Golden Generation.Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola did the punching when the U.S. was knocked down to its lowest point 12 years ago, and the Americans, whove handled them every time since, expect their proud opponents to have one last good fight in them.Guys like that, theyve been together and so well-coached and theyve helped international basketball take giant steps forward, and we know thats what were playing on Wednesday, U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski said.Its the third game of quarterfinal Wednesday, which opens with Australia playing Lithuania. Rivals France and Spain play next -- with the winner getting the U.S.-Argentina winner -- and Croatia faces Serbia in the nightcap.Any of those teams should believe in its chances after the Americans were challenged like never before under Krzyzewski in the preliminary round, winning their last three games by 10, three and three points.Its a far cry from last month, when the U.S. beat Argentina 111-74 in an exhibition game in Las Vegas, back when even rival teams seemed to be conceding gold to the Americans.Nobody is doing that now.When we played them a month ago, I said what I thought it was. We werent there, we couldnt compete, Scola said. A month went by, I dont know, maybe they didnt play that well this month, they got a little comfortable and play a little worse. Maybe we got better this month and the difference is much smaller. Maybe.Its just one game, anything can happen. But we dont think its going to be easy.Nor do the Americans, still thinking of what Argentina used to be, instead of the team it is now.Ginobili is 39 and Scola 36, almost certainly playing in their last Olympics, and the aging Argentines looked out of gas Monday when they were blown out by Spain, two days after needing two overtimes to outlast Brazil 111-107. They lack size to match the Americans tandem of DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan -- the 6-foot-8 Scola often has to play centerr -- and at times in the exhibition rout it appeared the U. Royce Freeman Youth Jersey. S. could keep grabbing offensive rebounds until it finally scored.But inside Carioca Arena 1, which has been filled with so much light blue and white during Argentinas games that it resembles clouds in the sky, the Americans believe their undersized opponents will stand tall.They match up with anybody in that they will put their heart, their soul and their bodies out on the court against you, and anybody that does that has a chance to win, Krzyzewski said. And Ive never seen an Argentina team go on the court not thinking that they could win and we expect that from them.The U.S. teams that won gold in 2008 and 2012 overpowered Argentina in the semifinals, but those teams were loaded with All-NBA players. This is just an NBA team, not an All-NBA one, not after players such as LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook stayed home.Thats left these Americans looking more like 2004, when they scrambled to put together an unprepared team that didnt have much of a talent advantage on its opponents. The U.S. was beaten 89-81 in the semis by Argentina, which then beat Italy for the championship, earning its Golden Generation nickname.Carmelo Anthony, in his fourth Olympics, remembers watching part of the gold-medal game with the Americans, who had to hang around to collect their bronze medals.It was just hard to watch, he said. That was a moment where we expected to kind of be at. We werent there. We werent the champions of the world at that point in time.That third-place finish matched the Americans worst at the Olympics, one of only three times in their 17 appearances they didnt win gold.Lose Wednesday, and they watch Argentina celebrate again -- and this time leave an Olympics empty-handed for the first time.They can shoot and theyre playing with confidence. But at the end of the day, its about us, U.S. forward Kevin Durant said. I understand were playing against Argentina and we respect them, but its about how we come out.---AP Sports Writer Tom Withers contributed to this report.---Follow Brian Mahoney on Twitter: ' ' ' 

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