It hasn’t been a great year for the Germany national team and their fans. After the shock exit of the World Cup (and the embarrassing defeat against South Korea), Joachim Löw’s side recorded only 1 win in 3 games.
They managed to hold a goalless draw against France in the newly-formed UEFA Nations League (UNL), won 2-1 against Peru in a friendly and most recently, lost to the Netherlands away 3-0 also in the UNL.
Without a doubt, even not being a fan of Germany, I’m genuinely disappointed by the performance of the whole squad. There are no excuses for that since the whole squad is to be blamed. The same goes to Joachim Löw, who’s in charge of managing it.
To analyse the downfall of the Germany national team, there are a few questions to be asked:
- Why is Neuer still in goal? After the injuries, his form has been greatly weakened. He’s clearly not the older self he used to be. So why are chances not given to ter Stegen or Leno, who are two young in-form GKs deserving the place?
- Why is the frontline so weak? Werner is consistent in disappearing from the field. Mark Uth is clearly overrated. Müller isn’t scoring in the Die Mannschaft jersey. Even van Dijk, a defender, scored more goals than them. What a shame.
- How come is the whole defence unchanged? I get it, Bayern Munich is one of the best teams in Germany. However, Hummels and Boateng are clearly not in their best. This is why they concede. Stubbornness doesn’t always work, Joachim.
- Why is the squad playing with a poor mentality? The squad failed to seize the chances to score and clearly lost motivation to fight on after making mistakes. This isn’t the Germany squad we know for years.
- Why are the problems not fixed? My gut feeling was right. Germany didn’t win the World Cup. But the thing is, there was no real improvement in the 2014 WC winning side after the tournament. And it seems that it’s not going well for them.
I am no expert on the Germany national team. However, these are, clearly, the five areas are the problems that Löw will need to address. It is not only for the away game against France but also, his job and the future of his managerial career.
For Germany fans, I believe that the fall would only be temporary and they will come back stronger. Yet, the questions may only be unanswered prayers if Löw and the DFB don’t take action, which will leave Löw’s successor a huge mess to clean up.