Khedira and Gomez ad­mit ‘stupid’ col­lapse ex­posed Ger­many’s flaws

The Daily Telegraph - Total Football - - TOTAL FOOTBALL - By Si­mon Peach in Ber­lin

Sami Khedira lamented Ger­many’s “un­nec­es­sary, stupid de­feat” by Eng­land on Satur­day night, while team-mate Mario Gómez agreed it was a “some­what in­ex­cus­able” re­sult.

The world cham­pi­ons were given a shock as Roy Hodg­son’s men ral­lied rather than wilted af­ter fall­ing two goals be­hind at the Olympias­ta­dion.

“It was an un­nec­es­sary, stupid de­feat,” Khedira, the Ger­many mid­fielder, said. “We all need to take a look at our­selves and work hard.

“We did a lot right up un­til the sec­ond goal, then af­ter that we were much worse. We played well for an hour. We need to play well for 90 min­utes against Italy [in to­mor- row’s friendly] and in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship.”

Toni Kroos, who scored Ger­many’s first goal, said the team’s new de­fen­sive set-up played a part in their un­rav­el­ling, but ad­mit­ted “nev­er­the­less it shouldn’t be al­lowed to hap­pen”.

Fel­low goalscorer Gómez was equally frus­trated af­ter see­ing his hopes of win­ning ex­tin­guished. “It is some­what in­ex­cus­able,” the Ger­many striker said of the loss. “We were play­ing very well un­til we were 2-0 up but we didn’t use enough of our chances.

“Af­ter­wards, we stood off our op­po­nents too much and Eng­land are very strong from set-pieces.”

Ger­many coach Joachim Löw said: “It is ab­so­lutely an­noy­ing for a coach to see your team squan­der a 2-0 lead. Hav­ing lost this game, it is not en­tirely un­de­served. Even when we were 2-0 up we weren’t as in con­trol as I would like us to be, we had prob­lems in our struc­ture and didn’t cre­ate too many chances – so Eng­land in a way de­served to win.

“This was a friendly match and they are all about show­ing us ar­eas that need im­prove­ment and to be worked on.”

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