This was not the Germany we are used to – I feel completely empty | Thomas Hitzlsperger

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Calls for a major overhaul of the national game after humiliating World Cup exit go too far. What is more important is to give a chance to talented young players such as Leroy Sané

Germans are used to seeing our national team lose – it has happened before and will happen again – but what we are not used to is seeing them leave a World Cup at the group stages, and especially in the manner that has taken place at this tournament. It is a big surprise, a huge disappointment, and it has left me and many of my compatriots feeling completely empty.

After the dramatic victory over Sweden on Saturday I expected to see a different Germany against South Korea, one re-energised and ready to secure the victory needed to reach the last 16. Instead the players performed with no determination to win. There was minimal risk in their approach and minimal resistance to the attacks South Korea launched against them. This was not the Germany we have been used to for many years now.

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Written by Thomas Hitzlsperger
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