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Matthaus interview: Germany icon compares Chelsea’s Havertz to Zidane

Low will step down as Germany boss after the tournament, leaving England with the chance to bring down the curtain on his 15-year tenure with a win at Wembley on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old won the 2014 World Cup, but four years later, Germany crashed out in the group stage in Russia and they go into next week’s match in patchy form, after losing against France and drawing with Hungary.

Germany’s record appearance-holder Matthaus, who won the 1980 European Championship and 1990 World Cup, believes Low is no longer a “powerful” coach and says his constant chopping and changing has left the players short of confidence.

Asked if he had lost faith in Low, Matthaus told Standard Sport: “Maybe, yes. For sure, ‘Jogi’ is not any more in this powerful condition. I don’t have any more the feeling I had when he won the World Cup.”

Germany were minutes from another major tournament humiliation before Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw with Hungary on Wednesday and set up the showdown with England.

“[In the Hungary game] Low was missing the connection between himself on the bench and the players on the field,” Matthaus said.

“I feel he changed too many things. He changed one player for another and also the system.

“Joshua Kimmich was playing in four positions. He started on the line, playing like a No7. Then, at the start of the second half, he was playing No8. After 10 minutes, he was No6, where [Toni] Kroos was playing before.

“And then we had to go all in, because we need a goal, and he was playing in the back four as a right-back! Okay, in the end we had a result, but how can each player feel confident generally when we are changing so many things during a game? There’s no security for the team.”

Joachim Low will be replaced as Germany coach by Hansi Flick after Euro 2020

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Matthaus watched the Hungary game with Hansi Flick, who is set to replace Low after the tournament, and he says the former Bayern Munich coach will build the new Germany team around Chelsea’s Kai Havertz, who he believes is similar to Zinedine Zidane.


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