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Blame Guardiola for Germany’s Misery
Former Germany defender Hans-Peter Briegel has claimed the struggling position the German national team is in right now is due to the negative influence Pep Guardiola’s tactics brought to the team.
Guardiola helped steer the Bundesliga giants to three league title successes, while he also won two DFB-Pokals, the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup.
Despite his success in Germany, Briegel believes Guardiola’s philosophy has altered the mentality of German football, with sides now believing they must retain the ball in order to win matches.
“A very simple principle has escaped our mind: that in football the result is more important than the control of the game,” he told Italian publication Repubblica .
“Since Guardiola arrived at Bayern Munich, something has changed. We had the illusion that 75% of possession was needed to win. But having control of the ball is not enough to get a result, not always at least.
“Recent history, and also with the World champions France, has shown that you can also win by leaving the ball to the opponents and having less than 50% of possession.”