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“I see tired faces and frustration”


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The DFB team will start their last three international matches of the year on Wednesday. Before that, Manager Bierhoff spoke about the current mood – and a “dark cloud over the team.”

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DFB director Oliver Bierhoff called for more support and respect for the newly formed national soccer team before the last international matches of the year. “It hurts me a lot how the young players are dealt with,” said Bierhoff in a fifteen-minute fiery speech at a video call with journalists on Monday. He felt “like a dark cloud hovering over the team”, so Bierhoff continued: “I’m in the dressing room and see tired faces, tension and frustration because things don’t always go as you want.”

Bierhoff appeals: “The young deserve trust”

It hurts him that the upheaval made by national coach Joachim Löw and the will of the young players are not sufficiently honored and supported, criticized Bierhoff: “You can criticize Jogi and me as responsible, but the young players have earned our trust – and they will pay it back. “

Bierhoff emphasized several times that his appeal was “not about pity”. “We have a prominent position,” said the 52-year-old, “but there are also people.” For him, it is not about not allowing criticism, “but rather about the tonality, the mood that is generally transported into it”.

“Not exactly Germany’s campfire”

But of course he knows, “that we are currently not Germany’s favorite child and not the campfire, that is simply a fact,” said the DFB director: “It’s like in real life: we have to regain trust.” The young players would approach this “with heart and passion”.

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The DFB selection tests on Wednesday (8.45 p.m., in the live ticker at t-online) in Leipzig against the Czech Republic. Then the last two group games of the Nations League in Leipzig against Ukraine (November 14th) and in Seville against Spain (November 17th / both 8.45pm, in the live ticker at t-online) are on the agenda.


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