else Globalism The cup, another flop.
Germany, the former football powerhouse, is facing another round of soul-searching after being knocked out of the sport’s most important tournament in the first stage for the second time in a row.
Germany’s players then talked about their good performance and missed chances, as they did before.
But no one had any real answers to the team’s problems.
There are 25 experts standing together here. “You can all give each other advice and then agree on some details,” said Thomas Mueller after Germany’s 4-2 win over Costa Rica on Thursday.
Germany’s fate was effectively sealed when they lost their first match 2-1 to Japan, then followed it up with a 1-1 draw with Spain.
Germany was left bottom of Group E and dependent on service from Spain. It never came when Japan defeated Spain in their final match to top the group. Spain advanced ahead of Germany on goal difference.
Germany coach Hansi Flick said of the dependence on Spain: “I don’t look at another team, it’s up to us.” “I think at the end of the day it was the sum of everything that knocked us out. We had enough chances, whether in the first half or the first 60 minutes of the game against Japan or even at the end against Spain when we had another big chance. You really have to take those chances.” “.
What Flick failed to mention was that Spain also wasted a host of chances to put their match against Germany out of reach before Niklas Volkrug’s late goal.
This goal proved to be the highlight for Germany although it proved worthless in another disappointing performance on the big stage.
“We haven’t been able to live up to expectations in tournaments in recent years, because as a team, I would say we don’t have specialists everywhere. We have a lot of talented players. Yes,” Müller said before falling behind and leaving those in the media conference to finish his thoughts.
Germany, the 2014 World Cup champions, also crashed during the group stage of the 2018 tournament in Russia. In the European Championship, which was postponed last year due to the Corona virus, Germany was eliminated in the second round.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer said of the team’s place in world football: “I really think we can’t define our place.”
Prior to the 2018 World Cup, Germany had reached at least the semi-final stage of every major competition they entered since the 2006 World Cup they hosted.
“I joined the team in 2016. Germany were always semi-finalists before that,” said midfielder Joshua Kimmich. “Then I came and we were knocked out (of the World Cup) in the first stage and last year in the second round (of the European Championships), it’s difficult to do that.”
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