By Oliver Trust BERLIN Germany (Xinhua)
-- A worried look was written all over
the face of Joachim Loew after his team were beaten 1-0 by
underdogs Mexico in their Group F curtain-raiser. Just as the
58-year-old has to find solutions by Saturday when the
struggling 2014 World Champions have to defeat Sweden, alarm
bells are ringing among German media and fans.
From smug to
helpless and embarrassed - the range of comments couldn’t have
been more negative as the unexpected defeat has left the
titleholders in shock.
“World Cup fear
after defeat” headlined the tabloid Bild. The paper talked about
an “embarrassing performance” and a “disastrous evening.” The
Sueddeutsche Zeitung in Munich said, “there is a reason to be
concerned.” And Die Welt commented: “Germany in danger of
exiting at the group stage.” The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”
only saw “winners from yesterday” on the pitch indicating the
German team has passed its peak.
national goalkeeper Oliver Kahn called the poor German
performance “bloodless” and spoke about a team “whose members
have stopped talking to one another.” The former Bayern Munich
goalkeeper said he saw no effort to support teammates.
Kahn blamed key
players Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Oezil (Arsenal)
and Julian Draxler (Paris St Germain) for a poor attitude and
said they were “unable to support for their teammates.” The
49-year-old complained that a healthy team spirit was lacking.
Others blamed Sami
Khedira and Oezil for not having the necessary quality. Coach
Loew is falling under attack and is accused of having gambled
away the game with the wrong line-up and substitutes.
Kahn said the German
tactical system was easy to read and the team was unable to
provide solutions. “They have massive problems when the opponent
is counterattacking at high speed,” Kahn commented.
Loew spoke about an
“unusual situation” for his team as German hadn’t lost a curtain
raiser at a World Cup since 1982. “We’ll have to deal with the
new situation,” Loew stressed. The World Cup-winning coach
seemed uncertain about how to go about finding a solution, but
said he is expecting a “the team to react in the next game.”
The coach said the
team has to prove it can overcome obstacles and demanded greater
effort from his players. “Too many want the ball played directly
to their foot,” the former striker said.
Mats Hummels accused his teammates of neglecting defensive
issues “as Jerome and I were left alone most of the time. I
spoke about it several times, but they didn’t listen” Hummels
said, adding that the team had lost the right balance between
defense and offense.
“I don’t know why we
played like that. We already had our wakeup call with the poor
friendly against Saudi Arabia in advance of the World Cup. But
not everybody has taken the warning shot to heart,” Hummels
Right back Joshua
Kimmich said the team now has to be on high alert and demanded a
turnaround. “We should stop talking about the 2014 World Cup
title. It’s time to face reality. We have some things to improve
before the Sweden game,” the Bayern Munich player stressed.
Loew will have to
change his line-up after the oldest German team since 2002
failed to prove it is still hungry for success. It will be up to
leading figures like the captain Manuel Neuer to convince Loew
to pick hungry reserves Marc Reus, Julian Brandt and Ilkay
Loew has to change
the team’s simple structure. In 2018, the team’s previously
successful strategy and organization don’t appear to be enough
for Germany’s coach to fulfill his dream of retaining the World
As Loew canceled
today’s media activities and decided to only practice behind
closed doors, it looks as if the German coach is fully aware of
the critical situation they find themselves in.
Mexico ‘want more’
after beating Germany, says midfielder Layun
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Mexico’s surprise 1-0 victory over defending World Cup champions
Germany has left El Tri players wanting more,
defender-turned-midfielder Miguel Layun said on Monday.
A first-half strike
from Hirving Lozano condemned Germany to their first defeat in
an opening World Cup mach since 1982 on Sunday.
“We had goose
bumps,” Layun told a news conference. “I want to say thank you
to all our fans, their messages mean a lot to us.
“Yesterday we took a
big step forward, but hopefully it will only help us know that
we can face all rivals on an equal footing. It was an historic
triumph but in the end we want more than that,” he added.
Layun praised the
impact of Mexico’s Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who has
remoulded the Sevilla player as a midfielder in recent months.
“I have never
understood criticism aimed at the mister,” Layun said. “He is as
happy as we are, but he is already thinking about the next game.
For me, the mister is a genius,” he continued.
Mexico, who are
aiming to make the World Cup round of 16 for a seventh
consecutive time, will play South Korea in Rostov-on-Don in
their next match on Saturday.