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