Loew under pressure
Joachim Loew faces the toughest tests of his 12-year tenure as Germany head coach in the forthcoming Nations League matches away to the Netherlands and world champions France.
After earning himself some breathing space following a 0-0 draw with Didier Deschamps’ France in Munich last month, Loew must take points from the Dutch on Saturday in Amsterdam, and French in Paris next Tuesday, to restore his tarnished reputation.
His former captain Michael Ballack turned on him this week, claiming he was “surprised” Loew kept his job in the wake of Germany’s World Cup debacle when they exited at the group stage.
Jurgen Klinsmann, Germany’s head coach with Loew as his assistant at the 2006 World Cup, also ramped up the pressure by saying a semi-final berth at the 2020 European Championship is now a “minimum requirement”.
Joachim Loew and Michael Ballack.