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Captain of the last German world champion Philip Lam After finishing DFB-Elf early at the World Cup in Qatar, he is concerned about competitiveness with an eye on the 2024 World Cup in his own country.

“It seems that the team was left without a leader. Now it’s up to finding the right people, including with an eye on the home championship of Europe, which starts in 18 months and for which the performance is, of course, a disaster, so we don’t need to talk about it, ”complained the 39-year-old man in a column for the editors Network Germany.

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The former Bayern professional was primarily critical of defensive work: “There was always a feeling that we could get around the opponent and create chances, but there was a lack of defensive structure and stability, the right balance. Sometimes it was a nightmare for Manuel Neuer.” considering how many times players have been free in front of him, even against Costa Rica.”

Lahm mentioned the shortcomings of national team coach Hansi Flick: “Our centre-backs are physically strong, but they have shortcomings when it comes to tactical discipline. It was all the more important to get used to the game months before the match. tournament and decide on one axis. Unfortunately, this was not the case.”

“At the end of the day, you need a team that you can identify with”

The OC EM 2024 boss still sees potential and hopes for change: “We have a lot of good players, great talents like Musiala, Sane, Gnabry, Havertz. But they have to take responsibility at this level. the circumstances in Qatar are such that, after all, you need a team that you can identify with. And if they don’t succeed, something is lost. Unfortunately, this has been the case in recent years and this World Cup has not improved.”