• Sunday, Jan 29, 2023
  • Last Update : 10:24 am

Ballack surprised Loew kept Germany job

  • Published at 12:28 pm October 11th, 2018
ballack

Ballack also criticised the DFB for allowing Loew to conduct his own analyse of their dismal World Cup performances

Michael Ballack believes Germany coach Joachim Loew should have lost his job in the wake of their woeful World Cup performance in Russia.

Ballack, 42, who captained 'die Mannschaft' between 2004-2010, is the first senior figure in German football to say Loew, who steered Germany to the 2014 World Cup title, should have been fired after his team finished bottom of their group in Russia.

Germany's Nations League clash with the Netherlands on Saturday in Amsterdam will be Loew's 168th international since taking charge in 2006, but Ballack says his 12-year reign should already be over.

"I was surprised, as well as many other people, that he kept his job," Ballack, who made 98 appearances for Germany, told Deutsche Welle.

For a long time, he worked with the team and sometimes you should say that things don't work anymore," added Ballack on Loew's 12-year tenure.

Last May, Loew signed a contract extension with the German Football Association (DFB) until the 2022 World Cup.

However, Ballack believes Loew should have been "professional enough" to take the consequences for such a woeful campaign in Russia.

The ex-Chelsea and Bayern Munich midfielder says Loew should have blooded younger players rather than rely on senior players.

"It's not abnormal that a coach who won the World Cup trusts the players with whom he was successful," said Ballack.

"But that's the difficulty, because he is responsible for that, he should be professional enough." 

Ballack's sharp criticism of Loew is no surprise given their history.

In 2008, as national team captain Ballack accused Loew of showing a lack of respect to senior players.

Despite clear-the-air talks, tension remained between the pair until Ballack was injured before the 2010 World Cup and never played for Germany again.

Ballack also criticised the DFB for allowing Loew to conduct his own analyse of their dismal World Cup performances.

"The World Cup was a huge disappointment and there were reasons for that," said Ballack.

"You should analyse it, really (properly), and not just say 'we will analyse that' when you have already made the decision to keep the coach.

"That's not a real analysis.

"There should not just be one person who is making these decisions."

Ballack says a poor mentality was the reason Germany struggled in Russia.

"It was a kind of mentality issue, because the quality doesn't drop down so much in four years that you can't challenge or you can't advance past the first round," Ballack said. 

"What was the problem? The hunger, the desire, the fighting spirit, there was much speculation.

"The only true answer can be provided by the players themselves." 


50
Facebook 50
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail