Swedish Journalist Offered Sami Khedira A Ticket Home
Come 9pm on Saturday, UK time, Germany could be out of the World Cup. If they are then Sami Khedira might regret turning down an early flight home from one Swedish journalist.
Four years ago Germany won the World Cup and it felt like they could be kicking off an age of dominance similar to Spain's three tournaments in a row from 2008 to 2012.
Of course they were cut down pretty early in their run when they didn't win the Euros two years ago but as always they still came into the World Cup as one of the favourites and were expected to top their group relatively easily.
That theory was put to an end very quickly in their opening game. They faced Mexico and were outplayed and out paced as Hirving Lozano scored an unlikely winner.
The result, coupled with Sweden's win over South Korea, means that should the champions lose to the Swedes and Mexico beat the Koreans then Germany would be out with one game yet to play.
If you thought that was enough to put the German players under pressure then Sami Khedira proved that wrong. In an interview with a Swedish journalist he was offered a plane ticket home:
The journalist said that Khedira and his national teammates 'will lose against Sweden on Saturday' and so needed the boarding passes to get home.
Khedira easily could have been pissed off at the gesture but fortunately he met it with a smile and said, "Thanks a lot, but we don't need them.
"We don't want to go back home. We are thinking to win this game.
"After this bad start, we know that it's super difficult, but we know that we are a strong team. We're convinced that we will win the game.
"I think we'll need them (the plane tickets) on the 16th of July."
Of course should Germany make it out of the group, which is still massively possible, then they'll instantly become one of the favourites again for the World Cup.
For now though they must get results against both Sweden and South Korea or they'll need those early flights home.