Hamann blames arrogance as Germany ‘very likely’ to face World Cup KO after Japan defeat – Soccer News

Dietmar Hamann claims that “unprofessional behavior and arrogance” seeped into Germany’s ranks when he predicted that Hansi Flick’s team would be eliminated from the group stage at the World Cup.

The former national team midfielder doubts Germany will beat Spain in Sunday’s second round of Group E matches and suspects another disappointment will prove fatal in the wake of the shock defeat to Japan.

Hamann called Antonio Rüdiger’s behavior typical of Germany’s approach to the game in Japan, claiming that the moment when the defender took the ball out of play after a bizarre run with high knees was disrespectful.

It came as Germany led 1-0, but they lost 2-1 on Wednesday, a staggering result almost comparable to Saudi Arabia’s shock victory against Argentina.

“That was symptomatic of the unprofessionalism and arrogance in the German game and of the disrespect that could not be surpassed for ridiculing the opponent,” Hamann said of the Rüdiger moment.

Describing the team from all angles in his Sky Sport Germany column, Hamann also described Germany as “too soft, too beautiful and too monotonous”, claiming that Japan was the fitter side and saying of Flick’s players: was a team on the field.”

He spared Jamal Musiala from criticism, but Hamann said German team management had “decided to put harmony above all else” in preparation for the tournament, arguing veteran defender Mats Hummels should not have been left out of Flick’s squad , and designate the defender as a “taking responsibility” player.

“You need friction! This creates incentives. I feel like we die in beauty,” Hamann said.

“I expect Japan to beat Costa Rica on Sunday. A draw against Spain probably won’t be enough. You should probably win, but I don’t see that.”

Spain won 7-0 against Costa Rica on Wednesday, a measure of La Roja’s ability that should focus German minds.

Hamann also suspects Germany was put off by controversy surrounding the OneLove armbands, a gesture of non-discrimination that FIFA has urged teams not to wear. Instead, the German players posed for a pre-game photo with their hands over their mouths to indicate they felt gagged.

“Players can’t fix something that federations couldn’t before. They’re in Qatar to play football, which may not be an excuse, but of course it’s a distraction,” Hamann wrote. “The past few days have been more about the armband than Japan. That certainly didn’t help.”

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