Joachim Low admits Germany deserved to be dumped out of the World Cup
Joachim Low admits his Germany team deserved to be dumped out of the World Cup at the group stage.
World Cup holders Germany finished bottom of Group F after losing to Mexico and South Korea.
The disappointment of being eliminated is just huge, said Low, who has managed Germany since 2006.
I think first of all we need to congratulate our two opponents who have made it out of the group.
At this tournament we didnt deserve to win again or move to the round of 16.
We were eliminated not because we didnt want to win but we never had the chance to take a lead at any point – we were always lagging behind, trying to keep up.
We saw Sweden had taken the lead so we needed to keep the pressure up but our team was missing the ease of play and the classiness we usually have. So, we deserve to be eliminated yes.
After losing their World Cup opener to Mexico, Germany rescued their hopes of reaching the knockout stages with a dramatic victory over Sweden.
But, needing a victory to secure their place in the last-16, Lows side suffered a 2-0 defeat to South Korea in Kazan.
With the Germans throwing all of their players forward, injury-time goals from Kim Young-Gwon and Son Heung-Min secured a shock victory for South Korea.
Chris Sutton, the former Chelsea striker, believes Low must be sacked by Germany after they exited a World Cup at the group stage for the first time.
I think there will be big scrutiny on Joachim Low and he has to go, he told BBC Radio 5 Live. He has chopped and changed, but good teams have continuity.
When you make changes, the players have to come in and perform, but they were flat today.
There has been speculation of divisions and frictions in the Germany dressing room and four-time Premier League champion Didier Drogba believes this has played a part in Russia.
I think the atmosphere is not right in the dressing room, he added.
We know about Ozil and Gundogan meeting the Turkish president, and Germany not being united since that matter.
Then you see the results, it is something you can see happening. One day this is going to catch you.