By Sportswriter Oliver Trust BERLIN
Germany (Xinhua) -- Germany’s leading
players have said that their defeat against Mexico was a
“warning shot” and promised to redeem themselves and make German
fans happy again.
The team’s key
figures like captain Manuel Neuer and striker Thomas Mueller
said the tactical approach by coach Joachim Loew is not to blame
for the team’s critical situation. They say the team’s wrong
attitude was to blame.
discussions within the team, the players have taken
responsibility for the disastrous performance and have promised
to be fully focused for their second group game against Sweden
in Sotschi on Saturday evening.
German media called
the discussion a “crisis meeting”.
manager Oliver Bierhoff said the team is now facing “a final
that is coming very early in the tournament.” Both the team and
the officials are all very disappointed, “but we now have to
face reality and reality is a final.”
“The team has
understood that we will face life or death in the game against
Sweden,” Bierhoff emphasized. If the 2014 world champions are to
proceed past the group stage, they will have to beat the
Mueller admitted the
team was wrong in assuming “things would just happen.” The
Bayern Munich striker said the team had obviously
“underestimated” the pressure and the “difficult job we face as
the defending champions.”
It is not possible
for a team to be “cool and relaxed”, Mueller added. Things will
not work out because they have always worked out in the past. He
admitted, “It is a problem developing the same greediness again
but we have got the message now.”
Neuer and Mueller
both denied the team had fallen into different groups about the
general tactical approach.
Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng have criticized the team’s
attacking approach and called the game style “too risky” and
“too thoughtless”. Trying to win the game only based on the
attacking power was the wrong way, Hummels underlined.
that the team has to rely on its team spirit saying “We
shouldn’t make the mistake of falling into disarray.”
newspaper wrote that the German team had panicked when things
didn’t work as expected.
Bierhoff said he is
expecting “some impulses” from national coach Loew. “We have to
be prepared for a hard fight and it is not going to be a piece
of cake.” The general manager made it clear that the coaches
have to find the right answers and help the team to improve.
Loew is expected to
change his starting eleven but not radically. Consistency is
important in darker hours, the head coach commented.
Germany’s U21 coach
Stefan Kuntz told German television that Loew might consider
Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) and Ilkay Guendogan (Manchester
City) to start against Sweden. This would mean midfielder Sami
Khedira (Juventus Turin) and center forward Timo Werner (RB
Leipzig) would lose their places.
Kuntz said Loew
wouldn’t leave out Mueller and Mesut Oezil (Arsenal). German
fans and pundits blamed both for the poor performance against
Cologne left back
Jonas Hector will return after missing the curtain-raiser
against Mexico with a bad cold.
Mueller promised the
team “will show a different face when we meet Sweden.” The team
is ready and united “as we have developed a suitable plan and
every one of us knows what to do.”