We are still trying to get over the shocking result from a couple of days ago, where Germany dramatically crashed out of the FIFA World Cup owing to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of South Korea.
The performance that day may have been bad enough, but for anyone following Die Mannschaft through this tournament, you could tell that the signs weren’t great.
It all started with a poor showing against Mexico in the Germans’ first match of the World Cup, where they were beaten 1-0.
Germany looked a shadow of the side that won so famously just four years ago in Brazil, and the unit just didn’t seem together for whatever reason. And well, if The Times are to be believed, that could have been due to some dissension among the German ranks.
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The eye-opening report claims that there was a lack of unity among the players in the dressing room, with two groups made, which obviously made the task of sticking as a team a lot more difficult.
To make matters worse, it has since emerged that star midfielder Toni Kroos hesitated in passing to one of his teammates in the match against Mexico, which only adds to the speculation of players not getting along.
It has been reported that Kroos, who scored a match-winning free-kick against Sweden, did not pass to left-back Marvin Plattenhardt because ‘he did not trust him.’
The stunning revelation puts things into perspective, and could be one of the reasons why Germany looked so laboured in attack against Mexico on that particular match day.
Plattenhardt plays for Hertha Berlin in his home country, and was winning his seventh cap and making his first World Cup appearance, but that was all the action he was going to see, as he was substituted in the 79th minute and did not play another match for the first team.