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Ex-Germany star blames Guardiola for nation’s downfall

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Hans-Peter Briegel reckons Germany’s struggles began after Pep Guardiola took charge of Bayern Munich in 2013

The Catalan coach enjoyed a brilliant three-year spell in Munich, which saw his possession-based style of football lead Bayern to three straight Bundesliga titles.

Germany stars Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng, Philip Lahm (now retired), Mario Gotze, Thomas Muller, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos were all at Bayern when Guardiola arrived.

Now Briegel believes that Guardiola’s obsession with possession-based football effectively brainwashed the German squad.

“We no longer follow a simple principle – that the result in football is more important than to control the game,” Briegel told La Repubblica.

“Since Guardiola came to Bayern, something has changed,”

“We have had the impression that we need 75 per cent of the possession to win, but only having control of the ball is not enough to get a good result.”

“The recent history and also the World Champion France have shown that you can also win if you give the opponent the ball and even have below 50 per cent of the possession.”

Germany were relegated from Group A1 in the UEFA Nations League over the weekend.

This comes following their group stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in the summer at Russia.