BERLIN (Dispatches) -- The German national team has a glaring leadership problem, says former German coach Juergen Klinsmann.
"The lack of leadership is the biggest problem,” the 56-year-old commented. It is the top priority for current coach Joachim Loew to address and solve, the former striker said.
"The team needs someone pointing the way after going 2-0 or 3-0 down,” he added.
Klinsmann mentioned the example of Bayern’s offensive midfielder Thomas Mueller as his club’s driving force ahead of Joshua Kimmich.
The team hierarchy is, however, not the only cause for concern for Loew. The German is under pressure to rethink his decision of leaving out such an experienced player like Bayern’s Mueller.
Eight months ahead of the European Championship, the German coach remains under fire following the disastrous 6-0 defeat against Spain.
The future of the 60-year-old seems to be hanging in the balance as reports speak of the 2014 World Cup winner having to present a convincing concept to turn things around within the next few weeks.
He seems determined to get the ship back on an even keel amidst discussions about a possible successor.
Former Leipzig coach Ralf Rangnick, Bayern’s Hansi Flick, Paris manager Thomas Tuchel and Juergen Klopp are mentioned among the candidates to succeed Loew. While Flick, Klopp, and Tuchel won’t be available on short notice, Rangnick could be ready to take over before the winter break.
So far, the generation change after the 2014 World Cup seems to have failed.