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Joachim Löw read hung rhetorical in and used the double when he should explain the last game of the worst year of 2018, the press. “Very, very good”, played in his team, she had been over eighty minutes, “very, very superior” and had “very, very many chances” to win the game.

again, the German team has not won in the fourth and last Nations-League game. Ever you went this year, not once every third duel as a winner. Four wins, three draws, six defeats, including Austria, Mexico and South Korea, the Vorrundenaus at the world Cup and the descent in the Nations League so bad, the yield was not even under Erich Ribbeck, who had to come up with weaker players as Löw clear.

Despite löw’s attempt to summon it as a clear upward trend, came in this game against Holland in the benefits of this year. Because the Germans were leading 2:0 and the opponent hardly a chance of the game, in addition, two late, two very, very late had to goals against plugging it in, felt the result was unjust. They believed themselves to be better than the opponent. As in the first leg, by the way, the however, 3:0 for Holland.

DFB-Team “for 80 minutes we were the better team” In the game against the Netherlands, the Eleven of Joachim Löw must accept a late equaliser. A descent into the B-League of the Nations League was in place before the start of the game. © Photo: Matthias Hangst/

But it was not just bad luck. Holland, in contrast to Germany, a Team without a great Champions League experience, was almost equivalent. And the result, but also the nature of how it came about, describes the mixed state of German football and its mediocre prospects in the autumn of 2018 pretty good.

The happiness gates of the German

Not only because it’s so rare, but also because they reflect the General weakness, you look at the two goals again: 1:0 succeeded, Timo Werner with a shot from twenty yards which the goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen had to happen, because he was not prepared for the action. 2:0 Leroy met Sané of the penalty area with a shot that was deflected into the goal. The slightly overrated defense and the Dutch looked in the emergence of this hit dreamy.

There were shots of two remote, the Germany in the lead, and, if you have not found the way to the finish, hardly as a good scoring chance count would have been. For Germany, the 2:0 was a happy intermediate state, formed by two very cheap goals, as they are called such, for which you don’t need to do much.

Cheap goals are not, of course, not reprehensible – cheap reach of the German team this year, however, generally speaking, quite rare. Their attacking play has diminished considerably. On average, they met once per game. Only in the test game against a very, very guest-friendly Russians you get more than two hits. At the world Cup, the team scored only a single goal out of the game, the 1:1 by Marco Reus against Sweden. The newcomer Panama hit just as often. Specifically, the 0:2 against South Korea seemed like a Flashback to the dull, sluggish German times in front of five, ten, twenty years. Kazan saw the Return of Ribbeck.

Technical error

In the German game, it lacks the Offensive of suppliers that you use with passports. Against Holland, under the technical mistakes of the DFB midfield, pressure could build up rare. Liberation beats, ball losses, long passes – so it often saw against Holland. A fine counter as the stood for a few moments before the final whistle on Toni Kroos, Marco Reus and Thilo Kehrer is the exception. It was the best attack of the game, one of the very few good.

the deficiencies in The Storm are also due to the fact that Germany is attacking in the meantime, with fewer players than in the past. The opponent will not be constricted as to the best times between 2010 and 2014. It has also a new realism to enter. Löw has passed after the Russia-disgrace of his attacking football idea a bit. As in France in October, he offered against Holland in a five-chain, with Mats Hummels (so you have to call the) Libero. In the second half, the Löw-Elf almost limited only to Defend, thereby leaving the Dutchman in the vicinity of the danger zone, causing the gates to be constructed in the first place.