It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that Joachim Löw is currently enduring his most difficult period of his six years as coach of the German national team.
This is Germany. Solid, steady Germany. The team who was set to end the reign of Spain as they built methodically on the foundations laid over the the last three major tournaments.
Joachim Löw’s new look Germany may be lauded for its youthful vigour and feared for its seemingly unstoppable production line, but few know the value of one or two stabilising, experienced individuals as well as he does.
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