Heading into the World Cup, the possibility of Germany finishing last in their group and not progressing to the round of 16 was unthinkable.
But following their shocking 2-0 loss to South Korea, the seemingly unimaginable has now become a reality, in what’s been a massively forgettable tournament for Joachim Low’s men.
Continuing their malaise from the pre tournament friendlies, they firstly succumbed to a tactically superior Mexico, then scraped a last gasp winner vs. Sweden and capped off a frustrating cup by stunningly losing to the Taeguk Warriors.
Much of the blame has been directed towards manager, Low, citing his team selections as questionable and his rest defense setup as poor, which left his backline exposed far too often on the counter attack throughout the summer showpiece.
“We have turned up with a sense of arrogance,” confessed Low in his post-match comments. “We thought we could just turn a switch after the bad friendlies.”
Having recently signed a new contract until 2022 with the national team before the cup, it’s expected the German Football Association won’t sack the World Cup winning coach, though.
In the wake of Die Mannschaft’s worst result at the cup since 1938, Low assuredly handled questions about his future, insisting he needs to remain clear headed and not make a decision in the spur of the moment. “This is hard to say at this point, it’ll take a couple of hours,” Low said on his future.
“I’m shocked that we didn’t manage to pull it off. I really had the feeling that the team, they really wanted to go forward. I’m incredibly disappointed by this elimination but I will think about it calmly.”
A period of analysis and reflection will now be undertaken on what went wrong in Russia, but if anyone can come back from this setback, it’s certainly the Germans.
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