Russia: ‘Germany missed team spirit’ — Former captain Matthaus on Die Mannschaft’s WC exit

Spanish goalkeeping great Iker Casillas and former German midfielder Lothar Matthaus discussed the Russian team’s chances against Spain and Germany’s shock exit from the World Cup, in Moscow on Thursday. “I think the Russian football fans can be happy to have a national team like this how they performed in the first three games,” Matthaus praised the host nations team, adding that he believes... Еще Spain is still the favourite when the two teams meet at Moscow’s Luzhniki on July 1, “but in football, you saw it in the last two weeks, everything is possible.” Talking about the German team’s tournament, the 1990 World Cup winner said Die Mannschaft had “missed the performance and when you don’t have the performance you cannot expect the results.” “I think we missed team spirit, everything that was good four years ago in Brazil was now going bad in Russia and for this the team is now in the plane on the way to Germany,” Matthaus added. Asked if Germany’s coach Joachim Low should resign, Matthaus said “everybody has to now estimate the performance, the results, and then they have to decide the coach, the football federation of Germany, and we hope they make the right decision.”

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