England defeated Germany 2-0 in the International tournament's Round of 16. The result added to Germany's disappointing international form after winning the FIFA World Cup in 2014. Thomas Müller didn't hold back any criticism after the current coach, Joachim Löw's last game, as the national team manager.
"Our fixation to not concede by using a compact and defensive, wait-and-see strategy is where we failed."Müller's comments to the German newsletter, Blid
However, fans around the world believe that Müller's statement is unjustified for several reasons. It has also been called another excuse made by the German team, who previously complained about the match being played in Wembley; England's home stadium.
Müller did make sure to clarify the coach's team selection did not upset him; presumably to avoid the misconception that he was criticizing other players.
"The troupe I came across had the quality, the will and also the work ethic to reconnect with old successes. We worked on the weaknesses, which were also accurately analyzed in advance - in training, on the court and on the tactical board."Müller's remarks on the team selection for the tournament.
The team defended well till the 75th minute before conceding to an excellent move by the English. Soon after this, Müller would miss a great chance to score and equalize, missing an easy one-on-one against the English goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford. Müller did apologize for the miss on Instagram; although many believe that had he equalized, Germany would have been in the game and could even have won.
Müller concluded by saying that he will use disappointment from the Euros as positive energy for next season. While he did make this statement about playing for FC Bayern next season, it's possible he was referencing the appointment of Hansi Flick as the new coach of the national team. Flick coached Bayern last season and announced that he was leaving to take charge of the German team for the FIFA World Cup in 2022.