Friday 28 July 2017

Loew could send Lahm to slaughter after book fallout

German boss Joachim Loew is preparing to throw the book at his captain Philipp Lahm.

Lahm has been called to a meeting with Loew and national federation officials next week to discuss comments contained in his autobiography that are highly critical of some of the coaches he has played under.

The German skipper doesn't hold back when it comes to past national bosses Jurgen Klinsmann and Rudi Voller as well as former Bayern Munich coaches Louis van Gaal and Felix Magath.

Lahm claims the players were quick to realise that Klinsmann's short spell at the helm of Bayern Munich was destined to fail.

"All the players knew after about eight weeks that it would not work under Klinsmann. The rest of the campaign was only about damage control," he wrote.

"Essentially, we only did fitness training under him and there was very little tactical discussion. The players talked among themselves how they would play before a game."

He said that one of Klinsmann's dressing-room speeches consisted of "you must score a goal".

Remarkably, one of the few managers to escape criticism was Loew who, even as an assistant under Klinsmann, "proved to be a cunning tactician from the first training sessions."

Irish Independent

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