Better times looked like they might be on the horizon for the German national team after Julian Nagelsmann’s first two matches in charge against Mexico and the U.S Men’s national team, but those hopes have been, at least temporarily, dashed. During this month’s international break, Germany lost both of their friendlies to Turkey and Austria. From the two friendlies, they scored two goals, but conceded five, and could have conceded more than that.
Nagelsmann has inherited problems that have been existent stretching back to Joachim Low’s tenure as manager; some of the same problems that Hanis Flick dealt with after securing the historic sextuple with Bayern Munich. By now, it is starting to look like the problems have compounded to a point where it does not really matter what manager is at the helm. There is not a clear identity and Rudi Völler recently explained that he feels the squad lacks “fight, passion, and dynamism.”
Former Bayern president Uli Hoeneß was recently trying to put his finger on just what, exactly, is going so wrong with the German national team, but he could not find the words to describe what he has seen. “I’m stunned by this development and don’t know which things we need to adjust to get rid of this chaos in the short term,” he explained to kicker’s Frank Linkesch (via @iMiaSanMia).
In his assessment of Die Mannschaft’s results as of late, Hoeneß did not point the finger at any individual players or the manager. Rather, he felt that there are issues stemming from the systems that are used within the squad and he also cited the fact that they are winning a low percentage of their duels on the pitch; possibly an indication of a lack of hunger for players. It can be mentally difficult to prep for international friendlies when all of the payers on the squad have important matches for their respective clubs in close proximity, but at some point, something’s got to give, and Germany need to consistently win matches to build confidence heading into Euro 2024.