In a recent interview with Sport Bild, former Bayern Munich defender Patrik Andersson said that Germany’s issue might have simply come down to a couple of specific reasons.
First, Andersson said that he thought that the squad did not look in sync and secondly, he said that the lack of a target man played a role in the team’s ultimate failure.
“The squad included Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, three Champions League winners and a lot of quality players overall, but they didn’t perform like a team, didn’t harmonize,” Andersson said. “And they lacked a killer in the penalty area — someone like Robert Lewandowski.”
Surely, a striker Lewandowski would help any team, but Andersson’s point on the team’s lack of on-field chemistry struck a chord. There were numerous instances where Germany just did not look like it was on the same page — especially offensively.
Hopefully. things will change under Hansi Flick for Die Mannschaft.