Germany coach Joachim Loew said there was no need for panic or radical change despite his team again looking defensively vulnerable in their shock 1-0 defeat to Mexico in the opening game of their World Cup defense.
Germany showed many of the fault lines that had been there for all to see in recent games, and Mexico had obviously been doing their homework as they exploited them again and again and should have scored more goals.
“Our cover was often not good and we were left many times with just Jerome (Boateng) and myself in the back,” said center back Hummels, one of several Germans who will not want to watch a replay of Hirving Lozano’s 35th-minute goal.
“We were warned (in the warm-up games). We played exactly like we did against Saudi Arabia (when Germany won 2-1) only against a better opponent. That’s why the first half was like it was and Mexico obviously deserved to win it.
“If seven or eight players are attacking then it is clear that our attacking power is greater,” said Hummels. “But that is something that I have often talked about internally. I does not always bear fruit.”
“Overall we had our chances but did not score. We just lost the ball up front far too easily, and Mexico had always two or three people up front whom we failed to block efficiently.”
Loew was at a loss to explain the problems. “We did not cover the spaces, we did not play our usual attacking game, we lost possession too often and so had to cover big distances, so the Mexicans had space to counter-attack,” he said.
“When it came to passing, we were a bit negligent, which is quite unfamiliar when I look at this team.
“We simply have to concentrate on our strong points that we have not been able to bring to bear in the last two matches.”