Both are attached to their jobs, and both consider the tournament debacle to be an industrial accident that can be corrected without radical measures – by them.
“We both felt that even after 14 years, we still have the great motivation and the energy to put what we’ve screwed up in Russia on good feet and to put this ship back on course with all our might,” said the 58th -year-old Löw on the 63rd day after the crashing preliminary round knockout the defending champion at the joint XXL press conference with his companion and confidant Bierhoff (50) in the Munich arena.
The hard-hit success connection Löw / Bierhoff is once again dependent on each other. As the main responsible for the sporting misery in Russia (Löw) and the lousy appearance of the national team (Bierhoff) off the pitch, the duo needs itself once more in an awkward position. Should one fall in a failed restart, it could well carry the other one along.
Löw is particularly important because football is a result sport, victories and defeats determine the overall situation: the head coach has to initiate a turnaround in the international matches against world champions France and Peru in just one week.
“We have to send a clear signal,” said Löw. DFB director Bierhoff has to reverse the lost proximity to the fans. “I am responsible for the external presentation of the team,” he said clearly.
Löw and Bierhoff have also mastered crises in the past. Before the 2010 World Cup, the manager was blamed with exaggerated demands for the DFB’s initially extended contract with the sports management. Löw stood by Bierhoff at the time. And after third place with a young, fresh team in South Africa, the DFB not only extended with Löw and Bierhoff.
From then on, both were able to expand their power positions in the association more and more, align the national team according to their tastes. Even now Bierhoff said: “It would be completely wrong to throw everything that we are very proud of and what worked for 14 years.”
In their Munich World Cup analysis, one thing became clear: Both are planning a course correction in their own way. The personnel change is correspondingly minimal, the old comrades from Boateng via Hummels to Kroos continue to form the framework.
“Mats, Jérôme, Toni are players who have proven it on the international stage,” said Löw: “I am absolutely convinced of our class and our quality.”
In Russia he missed enthusiasm and fire in the team. “It was not an individual, in total we did not deliver,” said the national coach. He remains true to his philosophy: “We must never give up the vision of our game. A team that I coach will not only play defensively. “
The talents Kai Havertz (19 / Bayer Leverkusen), Thilo Kehrer (21 / Paris) and Nico Schulz (25 / Hoffenheim) are supposed to be enough new faces at the start. 17 Russian drivers will gather in Munich on Monday. Of the 2014 world champions, Löw alone midfielder Sami Khedira (31) was no longer appointed.
The former world class striker Bierhoff documented at the appearance in Munich that defensive is not his thing. He doesn’t feel comfortable in defense. That’s why he wants to “go forward as a manager, roll up his sleeves and tackle it”.
The European champion from 1996 was already a footballer: “Anyone who knows my career knows that criticism did not work for me, but always spurred me on.” Löw remains Löw, Bierhoff remains Bierhoff.
The manager will slim down the bloated staff. The art term “the team” is put to the test. The crux of his work is the alienation between fans and team. The support of the fans was “taken for granted”, Bierhoff admitted.
As an immediate measure, he announced two public training sessions, but not at the restart, but one each in October in Berlin and one in November in Leipzig. “Learning from mistakes” is Bierhoff’s motto. The proof must be successful on the way to the EM 2020 in everyday international matches. Only in this way can the new pact of the old companions Löw and Bierhoff work.