Lothar Matthäus didn't mince his words after Germany's draw with Turkey.
|Lothar Matthäus.||Photo: Steffen Prößdorf, CC BY-SA 4.0|
Lothar Matthäus has criticized Germany coach Joachim Löw after 'Die Mannschaft' shared the spoils with Turkey in a 3-3 draw in a friendly on Wednesday.
According to the former German international, Löw should take the blame as Germany had to settle for another draw after giving away a lead for the third game in a row.
"Germany have now squandered a lead for the fifth time in their last three games. It happened three times against Turkey alone. Again, 'Jogi' Löw made tactical mistakes with his substitutions that cost the win," Matthäus said in an interview with Bild.
Matthäus also criticized the fact that Löw handed playing time to several players, who haven't been starting regularly at club level, including Nico Schulz, Mahmoud Dahoud and Antonio Rüdiger.
"The fans want to see the first team, not just substitute players, many of whom aren't even starting for their respective clubs," Matthäus told Sky Germany.
"I can't understand how you can represent Germany when you're the second or third choice at your club," he added.
The German Football Association has announced that Benjamin Henrichs, Nico Schulz, Niklas Stark, Nadiem Amiri and Mahmoud Dahoud will not be part of the squad for Saturday's UEFA Nations League game against Ukraine.
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