In comments published in this Thursday’s edition of the Bild newspaper, Franz Beckenbauer (pictured above, left) gave Germany coach Joachim Löw (above, right) a vote of confidence, despite the national team’s failure to advance beyond the group stage at the World Cup in Russia.
Beckenbauer, 72, who coached Germany to a World Cup title in 1990, said that while the German football association (DFB) had made the right decision in sticking with Löw, the head coach now had some tough decisions to make, including in terms of personnel.
“Löw will have to change some things after experienced players failed to deliver for him,” Beckenbauer said, referring to Germany’s disappointing World Cup. “Gratitude is not his friend.”
‘It’s on the players’
Beckenbauer, who also captained West Germany to a World Cup in 1974, said that the main problem in Russia was the attitude of the players Löw had selected.
“You can’t approach a World Cup like that,” he said. “Football is above all about running. There was no willingness to do this. The national team actually did the opposite to what Löw had asked of them.
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