Germany’s 6-0 Thrashing By Spain Confirms National Team’s Decline

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LAGOS NOVEMBER 18TH (NEWSRANGERS)-Germany’s 6-0 thrashing had been coming for some time. The team coached by Joachim Low has been in decline since losing to France in the European Champions semifinals in 2016, and the slide arguably started before that, after the World Cup win in 2014.

Low was supposed to reinvigorate the squad with fresh young talent after Germany’s woeful World Cup showing in 2018. The defending champions were eliminated early after losing to Mexico and South Korea in the group stage.

Low promised a shakeup. Mesut Ozil retired from the squad amid the fallout for the debacle, and Low cut short the international careers of stalwarts like Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng.

Their replacements have not lived up to expectations, and former players like Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lothar Matthaus have been calling for the Bayern Munich trio’s return.

The humiliating 6-0 loss to Spain in the Nations League on Tuesday was the biggest for a German team since a 6-0 thrashing against Austria in a friendly in Berlin in 1931. Only England has ever won by more, 9-0 in a friendly in Oxford in November 1909.

”Now we know where we are,” Germany forward Serge Gnabry said after Tuesday’s match in Seville.

The warning signs were there before. Germany had produced one uninspiring performance after another this year in labored wins over Ukraine and the Czech Republic, while conceding late equalizers in draws against Spain, Switzerland and Turkey.

A 3-3 draw against Switzerland in October offered some hope as Germany fought back from two goals down to earn a point, but the defensive frailties remained apparent.

”We thought we were a step further after the last games and this year, which has been generally difficult,” Low said of a schedule that has been complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. ”Now we’ve had to take a real setback. We’ll have to see how we deal with it among the coaching staff. Unfortunately we don’t have the option of working with the players, to train or to play a game.”

Germany played three games in October and three in November, and the team is arguably worse off now than it was before.

At no stage since Germany’s World Cup exit in 2018 has the team shown signs of progress, and there are fears now of another debacle at next year’s postponed European Championship. Germany has been drawn in a group with France, Portugal and Hungary.

There are questions about Low’s suitability to lead the change after 189 games in charge.

”The trust in Joachim Low is still there, absolutely,” Germany team director Oliver Bierhoff said. ”Nothing’s changed with this game.”

It seems unlikely that the German soccer federation will opt for a change now. There are only seven months before Euro 2020 is scheduled to start, and Low will only have his team together again in March for the final preparations.

”I hope we have enough time,” Bierhoff said.

AP

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