Speaking to Bild following Germany’s humiliating 2-4 defeat to the Dutch, coach Jogi Löw was asked about whether Mats Hummels might be brought back into the fold, given obvious defensive issues in the German lineup. In August, Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke claimed Hummels might be considered for a comeback if he had a good season. Löw, of course, immediately dispelled all hopes of such a thing happening:
Everything has been said. I do not want to comment on Mr Watzke’s statement.
Back in March, Löw said that he was planning for the Euros without the three exiled players, i.e. Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels, and Jerome Boateng. It seems that Friday’s loss to the Netherlands has done nothing to change the coach’s mind.
For an outsider looking in, this is an utterly baffling state of affairs, given Germany’s desperate need for some quality central defenders. In fact, the entire saga surrounding the three exiles never made sense from day one, given that Löw could’ve just dropped them quietly and left the door open for a return (as he did with Sami Khedira). Axing them completely was a mistake, and the repercussions are there for all to see.
If Germany’s woes continue, perhaps there will be a need for some high level talks at the DFB. The manager seems to have lost the plot.