Berlin (dpa) – Ex-national player Per Mertesacker sees no problems in a return action of the retired football world champion of the heavily criticized national coach Joachim Löw.
“I think everyone can handle that,” said the 36-year-old Saturday night in the ZDF’s “Current Sports Studio”. It is important to Löw that he now asks the question “which he also asked himself before this change,” said Mertesacker. “He wanted to send a bold signal to players he wanted to see develop,” emphasized the former Bundesliga pro and 2014 world champion under Low.
Mertesacker mentioned Niklas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger, Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt, among others. “If he hasn’t seen this development with these players, he has to come back to the question. If the answer is no, the players could not take the leading role, then he should question his decision and probably back it up,” said Mertesacker. It mainly concerns the ex-world champions Thomas Müller, Jérôme Boateng (both FC Bayern) and Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), who were retired by Löw.
Mertesacker, however, would appreciate it if Löw remained in office. The 60-year-old still has the hunter in her. “Jogi Löw doesn’t need an apology,” emphasized Mertesacker. He will draw his conclusions, hopefully the right ones in terms of staff, said the former international.
After Tuesday’s historic debacle in Seville against Spain, Löw also received support from Eintracht Frankfurt’s sports director Fredi Bobic. The 0: 6 is unacceptable for Germany, as it was the Brazilians’ 1: 7 at the 2014 World Cup against the DFB team. “Still, you have to stay on your path and consciously continue on this road and not immediately panic,” said the 49-year-old at ZDF. “The guys will show another reaction, I’m sure and those who played will draw their experiences from that.”