The slide of the German national team started in November of 2017 and has continued downward for six years now.
During that time, Germany has had three coaches (two of them have been former Bayern Munich bosses), including the man who won the 2014 World Cup, Joachim Löw.
By the end of his tenure, Löw had lost touch on how to connect with the team and offered very little in terms of how to get the group to be successful. Similarly, Hansi Flick had a good initial run, but fell off of a cliff.
Now, it is Julian Nagelsmann’s turn to try and crack the code on Die Mannschaft, but the new boss is not exactly off to a great start. But why? Is it a coaching problem? A talent problem? Or...has Germany “deviated from German values” like Bild insinuated in an interview with Löw?
Per the 63-year-old, “German values” have nothing to do with the team’s run of failures.
“No, that’s too cheap and populist an explanation for me. We no longer have exclusive rights to German virtues. Do you think the English or the Argentinians don’t fight and run in the same way? Antonio Rüdiger works like a madman, Joshua Kimmich and the others are totally committed,” Löw told Bild as he shifted the terminology from values to virtues (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “The German virtues and passion are the basis of everything. The basics of football. Otherwise you don’t even need to show up. The attitude of our players is right. But that’s not enough to be successful at a high level.”
So, what does Löw think can be done to fix what ails the German national team?
“We have to find tactical solutions. That should be our approach in German football. We also have to reconsider the training of youth players,” Löw remarked. “That’s not a criticism of Julian. He is a young coach with good ideas and a lot of experience. You can’t question him after four games. I’m sure he will find solutions.”