Germany legend Lothar Matthaus calls for Joachim Low – and ANYONE at the German FA who backs him – to be SACKED if they underperform again at the Euro 2020 finals
- The Germans have had a poor year, only winning three of their eight fixtures
- Germany were embarrassed 6-0 by Spain in their final fixture of the year
- Joachim Low has found himself under increasing pressure after poor run of form
- Lothar Matthaus believes Low no longer ‘fits the bill’ as national team boss
Lothar Matthaus believes Germany head coach Joachim Low should be sacked if the national team underperform at the European Championship finals next summer.
Matthaus, who lifted the World Cup as captain in 1990, also insisted everyone at the German Football Association (DFB) who backed him should follow him out of the door.
Low has been in charge of the Germans since 2006 and led them to World Cup glory in 2014, but has found himself under increasing pressure after humiliation in the 2018 tournament and a run of disappointing results this year.
Germany boss Joachim Low is under pressure after a string of poor results and performances
Lothar Matthaus believes Low should be sacked if he underachieves at the Euro 2020 finals
Germany have only won three of their eight matches in 2020 and were thrashed 6-0 by Spain in their final fixture of the year.
Despite the run of underwhelming results the DFB confirmed the 60-year-old would remain in the hot seat for the upcoming delayed Euro 2020 finals, and German legend Matthaus says Low should not be the only one out of a job if things don’t go as planned next summer.
He told Suddeutsche Zeitung: ‘If the European Championship doesn’t go as we would expect from the quality of players that we have, then it is not only Low who will have to go, but all of those who decided that he should stay. They must also bear the consequences.
‘The game against Spain was an exceptional case, but when I look at the overall situation or remember the games that they have struggled to win or in which we conceded a goal at the last moment, I realise that (Low as Germany boss) doesn’t fit anymore.’
It’s been a disappointing year for Germany, including a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Spain
Matthaus, who also won the 1980 European Championship, added: ‘Things just aren’t as clear as they were in 2016 or 2018. His answers sound a bit like: “Just let me do it – the rest of you have no idea!” And then this apathy on the bench, especially against Spain.
‘But the fans’ faith has been lost, and I think the DFB is underestimating that. I would like Joachim Low to get back on track – for him and for German football.’
Germany have been drawn in Group F for the summer tournament which will start next June, alongside France, Hungary and Portugal. They will kick off their campaign against the French in Munich.
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