Buenos días, Fear the Wall!
Hey, remember six years ago when Germany was an almost unstoppable juggernaut that steamrolled its way to winning the 2014 World Cup? Well it’s been a long time since then, and German National Team manager Joachim Löw feels the need to move on. After Germany’s disappointing exit in the 2018 World Cup, Löw wanted to shake up the squad, and make it younger and faster - to usher in the next generation of German legends who would make all opponents tremble before them. He unceremoniously kicked Mats Hummels, Thomas Müller, and Jerome Boateng to the curb in favor of younger players like Matthias Ginter. Let’s check in on how his project is going:
The Germans were absolutely dominated from start to finish. Spain tallied its first shot only two minutes in and seemingly never stopped. A goal from Alvaro Morata off a corner in the 17th minute kicked off a nightmarish evening for Die Mannschaft. Germany’s backline had no answer for Ferran Torres, who ran circles around Philipp Max all night and grabbed himself a hat trick. No German defender had an answer for Torres, Morata, Koke, Fabiian Ruiz, or Dani Olmo.
What’s crazy about this game is that Germany’s squad wasn’t even that weak! Sure, Robin Koch and Philipp Max aren’t at the level of the rest of the squad, but Löw also fielded Leon Goretzka, Ilkay Gündogan, and Toni Kroos in midfield with Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sané up top. There was no excuse for that squad to roll over the way they did.
This would also be a good time to point out that not a single BVB player was dressed for this game, while five members of the German Starting XI were Bayern players. Just saying!
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Surely Löw can’t keep his job after this, right? Right? RIGHT???