Germany’s World Cup exit was not a shock for Arsenal legend Lehmann

first_img Germany manager Joachim Löw has hinted he now faces an uncertain future 2 “We are so disappointed about yesterday – we’re not use to it and we can’t really believe it,” the former Arsenal goalkeeper told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“The World Cup without us?“We knew we had problems [going into the World Cup] in some positions – strikers, wingers, left-back and right-back – so it’s not easy to cope with that when you’re facing tough teams who defend quite deep.“These are new challenges and we didn’t really manage to face these challenges to solve problems against such teams.“But you can’t blame any player for not trying.”Germany’s group stage exit means the reigning World Cup champions have now failed to reach the knock-out stages in the last FOUR tournaments.It’s an unfamiliar feeling for Germany, who have been one of the super powers of international football for the last decade.But Lehmann insists bowing out in Russia is not the biggest disappointment Die Mannschaft has faced.He added: “I wouldn’t say it’s the worst – it’s a big disappointment obviously because everybody expected this team to do better than the last European championship two years ago, but even there we didn’t really perform.“I experienced this myself after the Euro 2000 and 2004. We were knocked out in the first round and that was such a huge disappointment that afterwards the German FA restructured the whole academy and development department – which then led to our success.“We have been quite spoiled by success, but we have only won one World Cup out of three or four chances.” Jens Lehmann has told talkSPORT the whole of Germany has been crushed by the nation’s early elimination from the World Cup, but admits the signs were there before their trip to Russia.We said “Auf Wiedersehen” to the defending world champions on Wednesday as a 2-0 defeat to already-out South Korea saw Joachim Löw’s side finish bottom of Group F, as Sweden and Mexico progressed.It’s the first time in Löw’s career as Germany head coach that he has failed to take the team to at least the semi-finals of a major tournament.But while it seems the rest of the football world were shocked by Germany’s poor campaign – which saw them win one, lose two and face rumours of unrest from within the camp – Lehmann insists their problems were clear before the tournament had started. 2 And the former Arsenal star has cast aside old rivalries to throw his full support behind England’s quest to end over 50 years of hurt.“The English, yes of course,” Lehmann said when asked who he will now be supporting.“I am close to England, due to my career, and it would be a fantastic boost and a fantastic atmosphere for England if they go further.”talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Jens Lehmann got 61 caps for Germany and made 200 appearances for Arsenal last_img

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