Former Germany player Hans Peter Briegel believes Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola‘s football philosophy is behind the looming crisis for Joachim Low‘s team.
Die Mannschaft bowed out early at Russia 2018 World Cup and never looked convincing while they have also found it hard to win since.
Guardiola was in charge of the Bavarians between 2013-2016 and amid that time imposed his tick-taka philosophy on the Bundesliga club. The former Barcelona boss helped steer Bayern Munich to three Bundesliga title triumphs, while he also won two DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
“It is his (Guardiola’s) fault, he cheated us by saying it was sufficient to win by having 75% of possession,” said Briegel.
“It isn’t the case, in football, the result is far more important than controlling the play. To have the ball is not sufficient in order to win, France gave a clear indication of that by winning the World Cup.
“You can even win by returning to a more traditional style of play, what is important is not the quality of the football but having equilibrium.”
Briegel added that he felt that Germany was passing through what was on a “transitional” period.
However, their tactics have acquired them little success as of recent, as Germany were relegated from their UEFA Nations League group on Friday and have failed to win any of their three matches in the competition except for their 3-0 win over Russia.
Joachim Low’s led side end their Nations League campaign by hosting the Netherlands on Monday night, where a win for the away side would see them top the group ahead of World Cup winners France.
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