Germany national team coach Joachim Löw announced a bold, not to say reckless decision on Tuesday. Namely, he abruptly ended the international careers of current Bayern Munich stars and 2014 World Cup winners Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng as well as Mats Hummels.
He did not explain in any great detail as to why he chose to exclude that particular trio from his future plans, except to say that 2019 would be a year for a new beginning for the national team and that he wanted to give the team a new face, going into the qualifying campaign for EURO 2020.
Löw added that all three of the players were still world class players who would continue to compete for major honors at club level.
That last statement was quite contradictory to his decision, if the players are still world class, why not keep them on board? Especially after the most disastrous national team year in the history of Germany.
This decision tells me that the coach is becoming desperate. He more or less admitted that after the 2014 World Cup, the 2017 Confederations Cup and the flawless qualifying campaign to the 2018 World Cup, he thought that the good times would continue.
Then when the 2018 tournament in Russia as well as the Nations League campaign ended in embarrassment for Germany, he felt he needed to do something drastic.
It is not as if Boateng and Hummels did not have trouble to perform in recent years for both club and country. They clearly have. (To say nothing of Müller, who has underperformed for the last few years.) But that does not justify Löw’s decision to simply discard of these accomplished players in the way that he has done.
Besides, the trio has found its form in recent weeks, and they would have been able to contribute plenty to the national team in the years to come. It is the abrupt and reckless nature of the decision that I cannot understand.