Is he a gamer or not

Hoeness criticizes Löw and reveals which Bayern player he would not take with him to the EM

Even as a TV expert, ex-Bayern president Uli Hoeness doesn't mince his words and says what's on his mind. After the embarrassing 1: 2 bankruptcy of the DFB-Elf against North Macedonia, Hoeness also expresses criticism of Jogi Löw's tactics.

After the 6-0 disaster against Spain last November, the German national team was able to rehabilitate itself a little with a successful start in the World Cup qualification. In the German media, Joachim Löw's team was even praised after the victories against Iceland and Romania.

On Wednesday, however, the next bitter disappointment for the DFB team follows. Against North Macedonia, it went bankrupt at home 2: 2, and there was criticism from the press. «Incredible defeat against North Macedonia. With a pathetic appearance, the German national team embarrassed itself to the bone, ”writes about the“ Bild ”.

Uli Hoeness, who analyzes the game for “RTL”, is also looking for the right words after the embarrassing bankruptcy. “It's difficult to explain. It was okay in the first 20 minutes, but in defense we were very open in the middle. All my euphoria is gone. That's why I'm speechless now. "

Hoeness cannot understand why Löw wanted to try a new system with a three-way chain against the North Macedonians. «I don't understand at all that you can change a successful system of two games without having to. Klostermann could have played again. "

Hoeness doesn't seem to think much of Robin Gosens, who played in left midfield. «Gosens, well ... Can had played a good game on the left. I would not have played a mess in the defense, which has to be well-coordinated. If you can't get anything in at the front, you have to play zero at the back. Of course, that didn't work at all, ”explains the former Bayern president, who played 36 times for Germany himself.

Hoeness would do without several current players at the EM

Hoeness also reveals which players he would take with him to the EM in the summer - or who could be done without. Somewhat surprisingly, a professional from his FC Bayern is also on the list: "I wouldn't take Jérôme Boateng with me," says the 69-year-old. Instead, he would consider BVB defender Mats Hummels. With a possible returnee of Hummels, Niklas Süle and Antonio Rüdiger, you would have “enough good defenders” and could do without Boateng.

Boateng and Hummels, like Thomas Müller, were sorted out by Löw in March 2019 and no longer called up. Many fans, especially at Müller, hope that the national coach will rethink. Uli Hoeness, too: "Müller belongs in there (in the EM squad), he's always good for goals and can help every team in the world in certain situations."

On the other hand, he could do without the BVB aces Marco Reus and Julian Brandt, who had “not proven that they can decide games”. And the Munich honorary president does not see Robin Gosens, Amin Younes and Julian Draxler at the EM. Draxler had "got no further in Paris and cannot give the team any decisive impulses". For him, Gosens is “a player who is not really needed”. And Younes is playing well in Frankfurt, but whether he could really help the DFB-Elf, “I dare to doubt”.

In any case, Hoeness would take the youngsters Jamal Musiala and Florian Wirtz with them: “At a tournament like this you can get a taste of the big wide world of football. They don't have to play yet, they have to be ready at the World Cup in Qatar or at the latest at the EM 2024. "