Jurgen Klopp and Joachim Low end row
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Jurgen Klopp has met with Joachim Low to end the on-going row between Borussia Dortmund and Germany.
Dortmund officials and players had been involved in a war of words with Low in public for the past couple of months with the Bundesliga side suggesting that their players were treated unfairly while on international duty and were more easily criticised than players from other clubs.
In a recent kicker interview, Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels expressed that he had the feeling that “at the DFB, criticism is not well received” and explained that the emergence of several top Geramny players from the Dortmund team had led to the first “major changes” to the national side since Low took charge in 2006. “Everyone has to adapt to it,” Hummels said.
On Tuesday, Dortmund CEO Aki Watzke sent out a warning to Low that, in the future, the club would examine his statements about BVB players to determine whether his criticism had been objective and fair.
On Wednesday, Low and goalkeeping coach Andreas Kopke met with Klopp at Dortmund’s training ground.
Klopp told Bild: “We had a very good chat. Jogi Low, Andreas Kopke and I discussed all relevant topics. Jogi Low was impressed with our training ground. It was a good talk in a relaxed atmosphere.”
According to the paper, Low, Kopke and Klopp also discussed the chances of Dortmund keeper Roman Weidenfeller, who had been named the “best uncapped keeper in the world” by several German papers ahead of the 2013 Champions League final.
The 33-year old could now be set for his Germany debut and, according to Bild, has a good chance of making the Germany World Cup squad. Bild says it is no longer a question of “whether” he will get his debut, but only “when”.
Joachim Low will announce the Germany squad for the final run of World Cup qualifiers against Ireland and Sweden on Friday. In November, Germany hope to play Italy and England in friendlies.