Leipzig (dpa) – DFB director Oliver Bierhoff fervently defended the fledgling German national football team against criticism and complained about a poor general public mood.

“We have a prominent position and make a lot of money. But there are people. There is a cloud hanging over the team that fights, that works,” Bierhoff said at an online press conference in Leipzig. In his ten-minute monologue, Bierhoff spoke of tension and frustration in the team over recent mediocre results. “But they get up and don’t take the easy road,” Bierhoff advertised.

The 1996 European champion complained several times about the “tonality” with which the Low selection was spoken. “What will be achieved and not what will not be achieved” should be the focus. “The players have gained our trust and will pay for themselves.”

The DFB-Elf will meet a test match against the Czech Republic in Leipzig on Wednesday. The Nations League game against Ukraine will follow on Saturday, before the competition ends three days later with the game in Seville against Spain. “It’s just about results on the field. We have to perform there, we have to get to the point,” said Bierhoff, demanding success at the end of the year.

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