Following a historic defeat to Spain, Germany coach Joachim Low is under fire from all sides. Even Bastian Schweinsteiger, who won the world cup with him in 2014, has come out to criticize the team following the massacre in Seville.
Speaking to ARD on German television (via Mirror), the former Bayern Munich star blasted the performance he saw on Tuesday night. “You can lose to a team like that, but not 6-0.”
“What bothered me is that they didn’t fight back, they didn’t feel like a team,” said Schweinsteiger. “You didn’t hear any commands, only those of the Spaniards. They were superior to us every respect.”
The German legend, known as the “Fußballgott” for his imperious midfield performances, called for changes to be made by the people in charge.
“You don’t have to change and upset everything but ask yourself the right questions. You have to change something, that’s not how you can appear as a national team. There are certain values that a German national team has to represent. And I didn’t see that on the pitch today.”
Schweini was careful to keep himself from directly criticizing Low or the DFB, but it’s clear who he’s talking about in those quotes. Earlier in the year, he had already criticized Low’s decision to oust Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng from the national team. His is just one of many voices across Germany calling for the return of the three veterans axed by Jogi in 2019. However, Oliver Bierhoff and the DFB have made clear that there will be no changes on that front — Muller, Boateng, and Hummels are not coming back to the team. They will support the coach to the bitter end.
Löw on whether this game could open the door for the veteran players to return and provide new impulses: "I trust the players we have. It's not a question of quality of individual players. We have got a capable team" [@Plettigoal]— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) November 17, 2020
I don’t know about you, but it feels like the DFB is ready to steer Germany straight over a cliff. The Euros are next year. With France, Portugal, and Hungary in the group, Germany has a realistic chance of finishing bottom without a single win. This comes at a time when German football outside of the national team is on the ascendancy — Bundesliga teams are really doing well in Europe, and Bayern Munich just won the Champions League with a core mainly comprised of Germans. German coaches are rated as the best in the world right now — Hansi Flick, Jurgen Klopp, Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel, Marco Rose ... the list goes on and on.
A country like Germany should not be losing 6-0 to any team. The fact that the DFB will let this mediocrity stand is nothing short of shocking.