The results of the DFB-Elf delivered more recently for frowns than for laugh lines. Goals against, lost wins, lack of stability. National coach Löw has difficult tasks ahead of him – and little time.
Joachim Löw described his condition after the 3: 3 against Turkey as “disappointed and eaten”. The criticism puts restlessness instead of confidence. The DFB-Elf gave up all three games after the break for Corona. There is a lack of focus and determination to bring a guide over time.
What was also missing was a system that would have given the team more stability in the defense. The back three that Löw relied on in the last few games caused problems rather than solutions. Coordination was lacking over long distances – and with it, security.
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The top lacks quality
Many of the German center-backs are used to back-four in their clubs: Matthias Ginter in Gladbach, Robin Koch in Leeds, Niklas Stark in Berlin, Jonathan Tah in Leverkusen – as well as Niklas Süle in Munich. You are used to playing in the defense center with only one man next to you. At the DFB they have to get used to in a short time. As modern defenders, they bring a certain flexibility, but for a successful adaptation it takes more time to meet the high demands of the German squad.
Robin Koch moved to Leeds United in the summer and immediately became a regular. (Source: Pro Sports Images / Image Images)
In addition, central defense is one of the weaker positions in Germany when it comes to quality at the top. Since the end of the Boateng / Hummels era, the DFB roster has not had a high-level combination in the middle. Compared to the competition from France or Brazil, the set-up is rather poor. In the meantime, the German midfield is much better occupied.
Whether in the middle or on the wings: national coach Löw is always spoiled for choice. So why he’s depriving himself of an option in midfield to set up a third defender can only be answered by saying he hopes for more defensive stability from the three-man chain – and wants to play with attacking fullbacks. However, the drawbacks currently predominate.
“The things I do, I do with absolute conviction”
With a tactical change after the weak World Cup, he had a compact defense with a quick change in mind. The DFB-Eleven showed strength in defense, especially when they came up with a back-four. The dominant 6: 1 against Northern Ireland last November, for example, was four-man on the defensive. The three competitive games before – even though the opponents were again Belarus, Estonia and Northern Ireland – Germany won to zero in that formation.
The game against Northern Ireland was the last victory for the German national team. (Source: Sven Simon / image images)
So why Low sticks to the three-way chain, he leaves it open. “I haven’t read anything for the past two days. Because I don’t care who says what and how. I do the things I do with absolute conviction,” he said on Friday of the criticism that emerged after the game against Turkey. . “That there is criticism, okay, I can understand that. But that doesn’t bother me. I’ve been there too long, I’ve seen a lot. I can assess situations well. You can believe me.”
The problem with the ideal formation continues as long as the DFB-Elf shows no stability in the three-man chain or Loew is swinging around again. The national coach does not have much time. The EM starts in less than a year – and expectations for the tournament are high.