Under pressure German coach Joachim Low inched closer to an exit after Die Mannschaft crashed to another Nations League defeat, this time at the hands of France in Paris.
To his credit, Low’s side looked the better of the two till France’s equaliser, after which Les Bleus dominated and won the fixture thanks to a brace from Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann.
The loss means that Germany have lost six in a calendar year for the first time in their history and are in danger of being relegated from their Nations League Group. In three games, the Germans have scored only one goal (a penalty from Kroos in Paris) and have lost two- one was the French defeat, and the other was a chastening 3-0 humbling in Amsterdam against the Netherlands, who failed to qualify for the World Cup.
How much of Germany’s woes are down to Bayern’s struggles? Perhaps we’re reading too much into it, but it’s worth noting that the Bavarian giants are also struggling domestically under new coach Niko Kovac. Even worse, there was not even a single Bundesliga player nominated for the Ballon D’Or in the shortlist released earlier this year.
Should the Dutch beat France in Rotterdam next month, Germany’s relegation to League B will be confirmed.