Neither did German, nor Polish, nor football fans the world over believe that meek and mild Poland could have recorded their first ever victory against the world champions in such a ruthless and efficient manner.
The shock 2-0 win against Joachim Löw’s uninspiring Germany side in a fierce Group D European Qualifier, now heralded as the “butchering of Warsaw” caused shockwaves across European football.
Previous to Saturday’s defeat against the side ranked 70 in the FIFA World Rankings, Germany had never lost to Poland in 18 fixtures, with this stat spanning back to 1933 when Europe was knee-deep in fascist revolution.
Indeed, as far as the German camp is considered, Saturday’s steamy encounter between David and Goliath should have ended in a resounding win, instead of a broken record and a heavy backlash from media, the worldwide.
If you were to remove the score out of the picture and base the game solely on stats alone, then there is no wonder why Löw, and the rest of his once merry men would have woken up this morning with sore heads and in utter confusion.
Sore heads, because they would have no doubt been stunned by the electrifying decibels of noise generated by the home fans and from the opposite changing room at full time, and dithered because of the perceived day-light robbery which took place.
Whilst the White Eagles mimicked German efficiency by scoring two goals out of their five attempts on goal, the World Champions registered a staggering 29 but were as wasteful as the Poles were brilliant.
Tough pill to swallow
Although the global media, including Germany’s, have run stories based on the team’s transformation from ferocious lions to tame kittens, Löw would have had to pull out all the shots to convince his players that last night’s defeat was nothing but a fluke.
Indeed, the 54 year old manager would have the upper hand by suggesting that this was the first time that Germany had been beaten in 19 competitive fixtures.
On the other hand however, Löw has his work cut out against him, if he has any hope to round up his Germany starlets in order for them to give a positive response when they host Martin O’Neill's Republic of Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.
Failure to beat the Shamrocks could result in Germany being six points adrift of both first and second place, a possibility which could end up in a catastrophic manner.
Changing of the guard
With defenders Philipp Lahm and Per Mertesacker no longer in the frame, both Erik Durm and Antonio Rϋdiger who between them have only donned the four stars a total of seven times, drastically need to mature.
Perhaps, this could also go for midfielders, Christoph Kramer and Karim Bellarabi who like it or not are the future of this problematic Germany side, with both Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mesut Ozil on the wane.
With Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gϋndogan still out of the picture, Germany’s midfield has never looked so weak, and it is true to suggest that the whole team are going through a premature transformation, just three months after winning the World Cup.
Although neither Poland, the Republic of Ireland nor Scotland are the crème de la crème of world football, each team could run ribbons around Germany if Löw’s side don’t address their defensive and attacking frailties.
The German Football Federation were given a well-deserved warning by Poland, and although the Eagles are currently without many members of their first team squad, yesterday’s line-up was the future.
To put it simply, a future which has to toughen up, and face the fact that just because they are playing for the World Champions, doesn’t make them invisible, but indeed a team that everyone wants to beat.
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