In Seville on Tuesday evening, Spain inflicted on Germany its most severe defeat of the postwar period, 6-0, to join France in the last four of the League of Nations. We have to go back to a friendly match against Austria in 1931 (6-0) to find traces of a defeat for Germany by such a gap. A shock all the more violent for the team of Joachim Löw who had not lost for more than a year: a defeat against the Netherlands 4-2, in qualifying for the Euro, on September 6, 2019.
The results of the first period Tuesday night are final: a single strike not on target on the German side, against 14 on the Iberian side. The fourth Spanish goal underlined a form of renunciation by the Germans: after a very rapid recovery and transition, the Spaniards find themselves three against the only Max. Ferran Torres, alone, has plenty of time to adjust Manuel Neuer.
After the match, in his defense, Joachim Löw spoke of a “black evening”. “Nothing worked…”, pleaded the coach, target n ° 1 of the media in Germany this Wednesday morning.
The German press goes wild
“Now Jogi is faltering,” writes on his site Bild, Germany‘s most widely read daily, recalling the historic nature of this defeat. “Barely seven months before the Euro, continues Bild, the DFB (Editor’s note: German Federation) must answer the question: Is Joachim Löw the right man for the tournament? Can we trust him to lead the team to success at the Euro? “
The Sport1 site notes that “rarely before has a German team had as few chances as during those 90 minutes of Sevilla. And Joachim Löw attended the cutting of his training, however supposedly strong ”.
“The Seville fiasco will obviously have consequences, forecasts the Express. Is Joachim Löw still the right coach for the national team? “The person responded to questions after the match:” If I have to look for a new job? You don’t have to ask me ”.
For the Süddeutsche Zeitung, the great Munich daily, “this meeting with Spain comes at the right time to fuel the debate launched by Oliver Bierhoff (Editor’s note: the director of the German Federation) on the theme: “How much longer with Jogi Löw?” “.
Live on the public channel ARD, which broadcast the match, Bastian Schweinsteiger, the former idol of the Mannschaft supporters, has dissociated himself from his former coach, with whom he nevertheless maintains a very good relationship. Schweinsteiger mentioned the return of the trio Thomas Müller-Jérôme Boateng-Mats Hummels, 2014 world champions, just in their thirties and ousted from the team by Joachim Löw.
“It’s the German team, it must bring together the best players,” he said. The coach has his opinion on this, I have a different one. It is exactly in this type of match that we have seen that there is a lack of players capable of communicating, of putting a punch on the table. “