Joachim Löw is stepping down as the manager of Germany. In his place will step up Hansi Flick, who resigned from Bundesliga table toppers, Bayern Munich.
Some could argue that Löw is five years too late. In any case, he’ll lead Germany for this summer’s Euro 2020, and he’s trying to end on a high note.
Recent events, however, have hinted that Löw’s legacy may be stained. The team’s poor performance at the World Cup in Russia added to the pressure.
Plus, the embarrassing defeats to Spain (6-0) and North Macedonia (2-1) haven’t helped matters.
The Euros must thus go well for the exiting coach, but that does not appear to be the case.
Euro 2020 Group F Team Preview – Germany
Despite all this, Germany still has a formidable squad. With Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Leon Goretzka, and lkay Gündoan, they have perhaps the greatest midfield in the world.
Meanwhile, Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels have also returned after more than two years away.
However, their defense has been a source of concern, as Manuel Neuer can only do so much.
And the lack of a top-flight attack may come back to haunt them. They have their work cut out for them in a group that includes the reigning World Cup and Euros champions.
Perhaps then, for Germany, ultimate goal isn’t to win the tournament. Putting in a successful performance and laying a solid basis for Löw’s replacement, on the other hand, will be critical.