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Germany’s Rudi Völler says team lacks “fight, passion, dynamism” after Austria debacle

Germany lost…again.

Austria v Germany - International Friendly Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

New coach…same pathetic results.

Julian Nagelsmann’s reign as German national team coach took a major nosedive during this international break as the team dropped consecutive matches to Turkey and Austria.

The 2-0 loss to Austria seemed to be the breaking point for people surrounding the team. Lifeless, hapless, and maybe clueless, DFB sporting director Rudi Völler has had enough with the excuses.

“Whether it’s a back three or back four, whether Kai Havertz as a left-back or a striker — it doesn’t matter, that’s not the main issue. We need more German virtues: fight, passion, dynamism. That was missing from some players in the last two games,” Völler told Sport1’s Kerry Hau (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

Germany has scuffled under Joachim Löw, Hansi Flick, and now…Nagelsmann. Clearly, the coaches — while not absolved of blame — are not the only issue. The German players are lacking a lot of the qualities that Völler talked about.

With the Euro 2024 competition just months away, this loss to Austria really should signal that the German national team is in crisis mode…without hope for a solution to its many, many problems.

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