Germany defender Mats Hummels admitted that their decline rot started over eight months ago after they crashed out of the World Cup with defeat to South Korea
Two late goals from the Koreans saw Germany eliminated at the group stage of a World Cup for the first time ever as they finished bottom of the group, with Sweden and Mexico progressing to the last 16.
Hummels lamented that Germany’s opening defeat to Mexico had left them on the back foot.
“We see in this World Cup that it is easy for any team [to be eliminated], except for Belgium and England. We put ourselves in this situation by losing against Mexico,” said Hummels, quoted by L’Equipe.
“There are some things we need to correct, but I will not talk about it publicly. The last time we had a good game, convincing was in October 2017.”