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Nations League: An evening to scare

The German national team can not do anything against the Netherlands at the end and clearly loses 0: 3.
 The problems of the team are not only in the (at times goalless) attack, but also in the defensive order and in the game structure.
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       By Philipp Selldorf, Amsterdam



    In the end it became what one did not want at the DFB in any case: a debacle for the German national team and their national coach. Not a narrow defeat, in which just missed this goal, but a 0-3, which was reasonably appropriate image of the collapse of Jogi Löw's team. Towards the end of the Nations League encounter with the Netherlands in Amsterdam, Germany was completely harmless, and that is the impression that the debate is likely to be about until the meeting with France on Tuesday evening in Paris. Although the Germans had made every effort to equalize until the late 0: 2. But they have already caused the opponents with their assault runs much more fear than this aspiring Elftal.


    The thing did not develop badly for the Germans at first. They ran the ball and found gaps for their offensive powers. Timo Werner had the first chance, as he passed the ball sentimentally on the goalkeeper, but just missed the target feelingly. A little later, Müller did it the other way round: He turned the pass from Toni Kroos directly to the goal – but then Jasper Cillessen flew closer. In this Mark also found his master, as he completed a counterattack with a long shot, instead of – which would have been the better idea – to use Werner.

"We will definitely get on our faces"
                Mats Hummels expects a lot of criticism. Manuel Neuer complains about the exploitation of opportunities. Joachim Löw recognizes a lack of self-confidence. Reactions to the 0: 3 of the DFB-Elf against the Netherlands.
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Joshua Kimmich is fighting, but seems to be lost


    Uth? He had been very astonished last week when he received the invitation of Jogi Löw to the international match, but he should not have been less astonished when the national coach also promoted him to the starting eleven. Uth, the 100th debutant in the Löw era since 2006, was remarkably quick in the game for a freshman, which earned him all the more respect as he was a well-defined center-forward at the forefront in the face of a Dutch defensive line-up whose central supports Matthijs de Ligt and Virgil van Dijk are not traded high for no reason.


    "That's a matter of missing chances," said Mats Hummels after the game. They lost a game "that we actually have to win". He had seen "a thousand situations" that would have led to the goal. But the problems of the German team were not only in the (at times goalless) attack, "that was of course not alone," said Löw. The problems were also in the defensive order and in the game structure. For the latter, Joshua Kimmich always seemed to feel alone. While his next man, the returnee Emre Can, as Uth suddenly enters the first elf, was often in hiding, Kimmich's eagerness occasionally degenerated into an honorable but dangerous zeal. Kimmich did not fight like a lion, but like a whole pack of lions, but his presence in the center is still getting used to. Sometimes you think he got lost, and now and then it seems to be his own way. These are the moments when he is looking for his post or losing the timing for playing or going it alone.

Delle form? And what a!

But when it comes to missed timing, there is certainly no way around the German core defense. Jérôme Boateng had caught a day in Amsterdam, where his superiors in Munich could get the scare. Even Mats Hummels and Manuel Neuer did not appear as if they had recovered in the national jersey of the Bayern crisis. Hummels and Neuer and Jonas Hector were also the main players when Holland took the lead (30.). While Neuer hinted at a withdrawal, but then relinquished it, the unified Hector and Hummels did not manage to prevent Ryan Babel from heading home. The ball bouncing off Van Dijk into the goal.


    With Draxler and Sané for Can and Müller, Germany is getting better


    It came the phase, in which not only the Bayern-Trio in the center of defense, but the whole German team looked old. Only a precisely calculated slip position of Matthias Ginter saved the DFB team before the 0: 2 (34), again Babel was already on the spot.


    The second half would have to play better Löw's eleven to defeat this physically strong and quickly acting on the neuralgic locations Dutch team, so much was clear. But it took until the double change in the 61st minute until the home side felt the pressure of the Germans seriously. Julian Draxler and Leroy Sané replaced Can and Müller – finally, some viewers might have meant. With Sané came immediately tempo and Torgefahr into the game, even Draxler effectively tried to attract attention. In the 65th minute, the German coaching bench prepared for the goal, but Sané, perfectly unlocked by Kimmich, shot past the huge goal. The Germans were now superior, that's all, but they went against a massive defending Elftal increasingly headless, and it came, what had to come.


    A counterattack after another rolled towards Neuer, and after Wijnaldum had missed the first-class opportunity, it Depay made in the 87th minute better and scored the game-winning 2-0, the Wijnaldum against a completely broken German coverage in added time still the 3rd : 0 followed.

Jogi is not hovering anymore
                        The new contract of coach Joachim Loew at the German Football Association is still running until the World Cup 2022 – but according to SZ information, both parties have after the European Championship 2020, an exit right.
                    By Philipp Selldorf


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