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Matthäus: Germany have taken a step back

By Laura Brandt

Lothar Matthäus wasn't impressed with what he saw from the German national team against the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

Lothar Matthäus.
Lothar Matthäus.Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0
Former German international Lothar Matthäus believes Germany's recent Euro 2020 qualifiers represent a step back for Joachim Löw's side.

'Die Mannschaft' suffered a 2-4 loss to the Netherlands in Hamburg on Friday before they had to fight hard to take a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland in Belfast yesterday.

Writing in a column for Sky, Matthäus makes it clear that he wasn't impressed with what he saw from the German national team.

"The German national team deservedly lost to the Netherlands and beat Northern Ireland in a must-win game. After these two games, you can't exactly say that 'Jogi' Löw and his team have taken a step forward, but rather a step back," Matthäus states in his column.

"The win over the Netherlands in March and against Belarus and Estonia [in June] were a different story. I liked the concentration, intensity and the whole class that the Germans showed back then much better. I don't know why exactly, but it was clear to see that there was a lot missing in the recent games. The Dutch were clearly superior to us, especially in the second half.

"It's important that we play differently against the likes of Spain, England, France at Euro 2020 at the latest. Even Northern Ireland made it difficult for us at times. But we won in the end, and as other big nations have found out, you can never be certain to win such games. Nobody has to worry about qualifying. We'll definitely make it," Matthäus writes.

Germany sit top of Group C in Euro 2020 qualification with 12 points from five games.

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