In Qatar they defeated only the last mentioned in the competition of Spain, Japan and Costa Rica and they said goodbye to the tournament already in the group. Now the Germans are struggling ahead of their home Euros. And it’s not just the results that are drawing criticism.
Germany is going through a tough organizational preparation full of landmines. Of course, as the host of the Euros, they don’t have to play qualifying games, but they also need to find the core of the team in friendlies.
So far, like many hosts before, Germany has failed to do that. Julian Nagelsmann‘s charges have won only three of their 11 matches, while falling six times. The home fans are worried and dreading the tournament.
One of the losses came on Tuesday, when the Germans fell to the upstart Austrians. In previous decades hardly representative happened quite easily, the neighbors in different forms played performances as in previous months.
The Austrians led from the 29th minute, but the Germans’ bigger complications came just after the change of sides. Leroy Sané was sent off and the favourite finished shorthanded and on the negative side.
While Nagelsmann was figuring out substitutions, she sent a message to her goalkeeper to lie down and feign injury. The referee had to attend to Kevin Trapp and the players passed a paper with instructions to each other in the meantime.
“That’s a question for the referee. If he judges it’s filming, he should give him a yellow card and it’s done. What do you have a fourth referee there for at the benches. He had to see what Nagelsmann was doing and what his intention was. It was very clear. To interrupt the game so that he had time to tell the players what it would look like in the ten,”
coach and German football lover František Straka told TN.cz.
Straka’s words are slightly controversial. For one thing, it is difficult for the fourth official to identify that the head coach is encouraging the players to simulate, but at the same time it is hard to prove it. Moreover, yellow cards for simulation injuries are not too unprecedented.
The paradoxical thing about the situation is that the coach of the famous German national team encouraged players to simulate in a 0:1 situation. Even a tactical change did not help, the Austrians added a second goal and won 2: 0.
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