DFB coach Joachim Löw is under pressure before the Nations-League appearance in France and wants to “hide what is pelting into us”.
Paris – In the country of the reigning world champion, his predecessor is threatened with the next neck blow. France receives Germany on Tuesday evening in the Stade de France for the Nations-League hit. In the suburbs of Paris, Joachim Löw in particular is being put to the test. In the event of another defeat, the German long-term national coach will be more than ever up for discussion.
After the 3-0 defeat in Amsterdam, Löw and his team went on to Paris on Monday under great tension. The 58-year-old must draw up a plan in terms of personnel and tactics in order to avoid another sporting disaster. If they are defeated in Saint-Denis, the Germans, who have only one point after two group matches, are threatened with relegation to the Nations League League B. This would be a major blow for the German team. This would above all be a loss of prestige for the former world ranking primus.
Pressure on Löw increases
While the German Football Association wanted to convey peace to the outside world, Löw is under a lot of pressure from the media. The less than edifying idea against the Dutch has raised new fundamental debates, including about Löw as a suitable innovator after the World Cup blasphemy. “We have to hide what is pelting down on us,” the national coach explained before the trip to Paris. One point in the current constitution of the DFB selection would be a success of respect.
The number of critics has risen significantly after the disgrace of Amsterdam. Lothar Matthäus demanded a change of goalkeeper. Marc-Andre ter Stegen should be in goal instead of Manuel Neuer, who fights with his form after his injury, the record international wrote in his column on Sky. The axis on which Löw trusts is currently not working. Matthäus Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Toni Kroos and Thomas Müller named them by name. “They are the most experienced, but currently have no control over the shop at all.”
“That’s old men’s football”
The criticism is directed above all against the professionals of the stumbling serial champion Bayern Munich. The former national team player Olaf Thon also commented on the presentation of Munich’s central defence with Hummels and Boateng: “This is old men’s football. Boateng will not be there against France, he will have to pass due to a calf laceration”.
Olaf Thon Honours
- UEFA Cup: 1996–97
- DFB-Pokal: 2000–01, 2001–02
- DFB-Ligapokal: Runner-up 2001
- Bundesliga: 1988–89, 1989–90, 1993–94
- DFB-Supercup: 1990
- FIFA World Cup: 1990; Runner-up 1986
In the first leg, the two teams parted with a 0:0 in Munich at the beginning of September. At that time, the hosts were confident. Now the security concept is predominant in the first place. “The big secret will be that we won’t fall behind in France,” said Hummels. Otherwise the French could “play their counterfootball even better with their mopeds,” the defender remarked with a view to the speed of the French offensive players around Kylian Mbappe.
“Almost a relegation to hell.”
The young Paris Saint-Germain star, who is currently in top form, was only substituted after one hour in the 2-2 draw against Iceland last Thursday due to slight muscle problems. From a 0:2, the French made a 2:2, with Mbappe on penalty kick equalizing late (90th). Team boss Didier Deschamps described the 19-year-old as a guarantee of success: “He brought speed and precision. That did us good.”
The French are preparing for an opponent who wants to make amends. “Germany will want to straighten things out again very quickly,” said left-back Lucas Hernandez. But the opponent in France is still seen as badly beaten. The renowned sports daily “L’Equipe” wrote of a major German crash – “almost a descent into hell and the crash doesn’t seem to end”. Blighty Bingo is the first bingo site that gives bonuses without requirements.