Toni Kroos de­fends Joachim Löw af­ter Michael Bal­lack crit­i­cism

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

It was tongue-in-cheek but there was still a venom in Toni Kroos’ re­sponse to Michael Bal­lack’s crit­i­cism of Joachim Löw.

“Per­haps he just wanted to take his job,” said Kroos, af­ter for­mer Ger­many cap­tain Bal­lack had told DW he was sur­prised Löw was still in charge of the na­tional team fol­low­ing the World Cup de­ba­cle in Rus­sia. “I’m con­vinced that we can get back on track with Jogi Löw,” said the ever loyal foot sol­dier. “He’s proven over many years that he’s will­ing to re­fine him­self. He ab­so­lutely de­serves an­other chance.”

Bal­lack sat down with DW this week, speak­ing can­didly on a range of top­ics, with the for­mer Bay­ern Mu­nich, Bayer Lev­erkusen and Chelsea mid­fielder par­tic­u­larly out­spo­ken when it came to his for­mer Ger­many coach. “I was sur­prised as well as many other peo­ple that he kept his job,” Bal­lack told DW. “For a long time he worked with the team and some­times you should say that things don’t work any­more when you’re so long with a cer­tain team.”

Ger­many were left in cri­sis mode af­ter be­ing knocked out in the group stages of the 2018 World Cup, but the DFB de­cided to back Löw to con­tinue as coach. Kroos’ de­fense at the very least shows that the cur­rent Ger­many squad are still very much be­hind their boss, who led the na­tion to World Cup glory in 2014.

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