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|Germany facing prospect of Nations League relegation after losing to Netherlands
| sbobetsh Bottom of their Nations League group and facing the prospect of relegation from the competition's top tier after losing to their rivals the Netherlands, Joachim Low's Germany are in crisis. The 2014 World Cup winners suffered a shock group-stage exit from this summer's edition in Russia and, four months on, after a draw at home to France and a 3-0 defeat on Saturday away to the Dutch, now face a real battle to avoid relegation from League A in the Nations League.
That's five defeats in their last nine matches and it's been a remarkable fall from grace for Germany, who went into the 2018 World Cup among the favourites after their second string won the 2017 Confederations Cup in such impressive fashion. So what's wrong?
Poor finishingGermany had 21 shots against the Netherlands but found the target with just four of them, and that rather sums up their potency in front of goal right now. In fact, it takes their tally to two goals from 107 shots in their past five matches. Chief culprits on Saturday were Thomas Muller, who blasted into the side netting after breaking through in the first half, and substitute Leroy Sane, who dragged an effort wide from six yards out with the score at 1-0. But Julian Draxler and Timo Werner were guilty of wasting good opportunities too.
Disjointed playWhile Germany improved after the break in Amsterdam, their first-half display didn't come anywhere near the level we have become accustomed to expecting from this team. sbobetsh They completed just 69 per cent of their passes in the final third, with a Werner through ball to nobody just before the break epitomising the miscommunication between the visiting players.
Defensive disorganisationIt's a trait rarely associated with Germany teams but right now, their defence looks worryingly disorganised. That was plainly evident for the opening goal, when Manuel Neuer misjudged the flight of the corner and was out of position to watch Virgil van Dijk react quickest to the rebound after Ryan Babel had out-jumped the German defence to head against the bar.
Low confidenceToni Kroos launched a strong defence of Low ahead of this game, after Michael Ballack had been quoted criticising the manager, but there are clearly growing concerns about the direction this team is going in - and whether Low is the man to turn their fortunes around. Saturday's clash sbobetsh was his 168th in charge of the national team, a record total for a Germany manager, but it won't be one he'll look back on fondly.