German media blasts defensive 'fiasco'
The German media laid into their national team following Wednesday's 3-3 draw in a home friendly against Paraguay, branding the match a "fiasco".
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That result in Kaiserslautern, claimed after Joachim Low's side twice had to come from behind, means they have conceded 11 goals in just six matches since the turn of the year.
"A good defence might be even more important than a good attacking line," defender Mats Hummels had said before the match. At the final whistle, Germany had conceded three goals in just one half for the first time in almost 50 years.
Borussia Dortmund centre-back Hummels looked particularly awkward during that first half. He was involved in the opening goal by Jose Nunez and also played a role in Miguel Samudio’s strike to make it 3-2 right before half-time.
"We were not concentrated and made a lot of mistakes during the opening minutes, elemental mistakes," Low said after the game. "Everything will be better in the next games."
But Low and his team had to take a lot of criticism from the German media on Thursday.
"Holes in defence -- everywhere," German news magazine Spiegel headlined and warned that, with only ten months to go until Brazil, the "defence turns into a problem case".
That sentiment was echoed in almost every article published in Germany on Thursday.
"The day of the open barn door," Frankfurter Rundschau headlined. "Like knives through butter melted in the summer heat the South Americans cut through the German defence time and time again.
"What made German clubs like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund stand out last season, Low and his team do not achieve."
The broadsheet Suddeutsche Zeitung proclaimed: "A lot of spectacle, even more sorrows."
They picked up on Low’s statement before the game, when he had noted that Germany had conceded too many goals and his biggest target was "to be good in defence without playing catenaccio and at the same time score two or three".
"Viewed in this light the Paraguay game was nothing but a fiasco," Suddeutsche concluded.
Die Welt, another broadsheet, urged the national team "to finally grow up".
"A good defence is the trademark of matured teams," they said and gave the example of Spain’s European Championship campaign in 2012.
"Germany, on the other hand, is intoxicated from the young guns like Marco Reus, Mesut Ozil and Mario Gotze. But if Germany want to win their first World Cup in 24 years next year, it is time that this team grows up."