By Paul Giblin MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua)
-- Germans are still searching for
answers on Thursday following their side’s shock exit from the
2018 World Cup finals after a 2-0 defeat to South Korea left the
2014 Champions with just three points from their group matches.
Germany kicked off
their World Cup campaign with a 1-0 defeat to Mexico and
although Toni Kroos’ late free kick gave them a pulsating 2-1
win over Sweden, the reality of their poor form was made clear
by the late South Korean goals which saw the Germans packing
their bags earlier than expected.
Former players have
been giving their opinions on the early exit from Russia. Toni
Schumacher, the German goalkeeper between 1979 and 1986,
commented that disappointment “was nothing.” Schumacher was
pragmatic about the team’s early exit, saying the Germans didn’t
perform at the same level as their last World Cup campaign.
Mario Basler, who
played for Germany between 1994 and 1998 gave his support to
coach Joachim Low, saying that “after the success he has had,
there shouldn’t be a doubt about him.”
However, he believes
the squad needs renewing. “Maybe we have to change some parts of
the team and start again and some players should not get another
call up, because they are past their best,” Basler said.
German international Dietmar Hamann believes Germany didn’t
deserve to get through the group stages. “There was no leader on
the pitch to take responsibility,” the former midfielder said.
He also highlighted the absence of players like Miroslav Klose,
Phillip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“They have all left
the team and now you can see the consequences, because the team
was undisciplined and immature,” Hamann said. He also
highlighted the decision taken by Mesut Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan
to pose for a picture with Turkish president Recep Tayyip
Erdogan prior to the tournament as symptomatic of the team’s
problems. “There were just so many things running through the
whole cup,” the former Liverpool midfielder said.