DFB president Fritz Keller has made a statement on Germany's humiliating 6-0 loss to Spain in the UEFA Nations League.
|Fritz Keller.||Photo: Olaf Kosinsky, Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0|
German Football Association (DFB) president Fritz Keller has now reacted to the defeat in a statement.
"We experienced a dark evening in Sevilla yesterday, which hurt the fans at home, me, the coach and the players. I was in the dressing room after the final whistle and felt the immense disappointment of everyone, but also the will to correct this impression," Keller said in a statement posted on the German Football Association's website.
"Our young team can grow from this bitter setback if this game, which lacked not only heart and passion, is thoroughly analyzed and the necessary conclusions drawn. This team has potential. We made a conscious decision to begin a rebuilding phase with many new, young players with potential. As we saw yesterday, this can be a path of trial and tribulations, which can lead to painful defeats.
Even if we all wished to round off this difficult year, which has been successful until yesterday, in a different way, our challenge remains to form a strong team for the next three major tournaments: the European Championship next year, the World Cup in 2022 and the European Championship at home in 2024," he stated.
According to Bild, Keller held crisis talks with Germany coach Joachim Löw and general manager Oliver Bierhoff on Wednesday. They agreed that Löw will stay as Germany coach despite yesterday's painful defeat.