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Germany News: Kimmich slams below-par champions

1 year ago

In the latest Germany news, Joshua Kimmich says there were few positives to take from his side’s 2-1 defeat to Austria on Saturday.

Germany took an early lead through Mesut Ozil but Austria, who failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia, hit back in the second half to claim the win.

Kimmich was left disappointed by his side’s display and he says Germany must improve if they are to successfully defend their World Cup crown this summer.

The Bayern Munich defender was happy to see club team-mate Manuel Neuer back in action after a long lay-off, but he felt overall Germany were guilty of making too many errors and lacking enough drive to get a result.

“There are not a lot of positive things to say after a game like that,” Kimmich said, as reported by FourFourTwo. “Apart from the performance of Manuel Neuer, almost everything was negative.

“We only created few chances. We had a second opportunity with Julian Brandt. I can’t remember another one except that. We gave the opponent a lot of space and helped them with our mistakes.

“At the beginning of the game I think we were dominant but not determined. But if you make a lot of mistakes, as we did, and fail to finish your attacks, you make your opponent better.”

Germany are 9/2 to win the World Cup outright with bet365 and 4/9 to win their opening Group F fixture against Central American hopefuls Mexico.