Dutch Defeat Piles Pressure On Loew And Misfiring Germany
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Sun 14th October 2018 | 10:30 AM
Amsterdam, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News, app - 14th Oct, 2018 ) :Joachim Loew is facing the biggest crisis of his 12-year tenure as Germany's head coach after their embarrassing 3-0 defeat away to the Netherlands.
These are dark days for the Germans in the wake of their dismal World Cup display when they crashed out after finishing bottom of their group.
"Yes, I understand that there is a debate and we have to deal with it," Loew told broadcaster ZDF.
"In the next two days, I will focus entirely on preparing the team before the match in Paris against France, and not on the debates in public, although these debates are normal, very normal." "We have to show character against France and win the return match against the Dutch or we are going down.
"We had good chances, but couldn't put them away, which would have been good for confidence. It's bad that we fell apart at the end," he added.
Once again, Loew trusted his senior players to deliver a win, but his Bayern Munich axis of Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller failed to deliver.
Both Muller and his second-half replacement, Manchester City starlet Leroy Sane, squandered clear chances either side of he break.
"We'll get it in the neck now, but we have no one to blame but ourselves," said Hummels.
"We lost 3-0, even though we actually had to win the game.
"We made too little of our chances, although we could have gone ahead early on," said goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer.
"At the end, we were too open and made mistakes." Neuer put the blame firmly on the players: "Before the game, every player signalled to the coach that they were ready to play." Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said the Germans lost their structure after falling behind.
"The structure was missing after the first 30 minutes, but it's hard heading home without having scored," said Kroos.
"You need a reward for the good work you do and that's not happened.
"We have to keep going, we have the next chance on Tuesday and concentrate on the good things we did." The Dutch were delighted with their first win over the Germans for 16 years.
"It's an unbelievable result, especially as the Germans weren't that bad.