Germany players were punished after what they were caught doing at 4am at the WC

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Germany players ought to be very disappointed in themselves following their shocking attempt at defending the World Cup in Russia.

Despite entering the tournament as one of the favourites, Joachim Low's side lost two of their three group games and finished bottom, below Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.

It's no exaggeration that the players were embarrassing and according to Germany legend Lothar Matthaus, it was their attitude that let them down.

"Too much confidence," said the 1990 World Cup winner. "We didn't play with the right mentality in all three games. This was not the real German team.

"And maybe, Joachim Low didn't find the right moment to freshen up the team with a younger generation of players.

"He had all the World Cup winners from 2014 in his team - in the defence, in the midfield in the offence. But the style changed.

"I miss the speed in our game, the creativity in our game, the power in our game. Everything was great in the last 30/40 years in German football - this team show everything opposite.


"For this, I am not upset because they don't have the right to go to the next round with this performance. They were not playing good."

Various factors were to blame for Germany's premature exit in Russia but according to Bild, one issue was so serious it had to be dealt with by the German Football Association.

Believe it or not, the DFB were forced to cut the players' WiFi because too many of them were staying up late playing FIFA and Fortnite.

Some were even staying up until 4am - yes, four o'clock in the morning - playing video games. It's no wonder they were so poor.


This comes after Thomas Muller was forced to deny cliques in the squad, though he did admit their preparation could have been better.

"I wish the criticism would be a little less personal," said the Bayern Munich man. "We have lots of tables when we eat. I have lots of opportunities to choose where to sit.

"In 2012 we didn't have great chemistry, but that's not the case now.

"Perhaps we thought a little carelessly that our usual freshness and performance would be present when the tournament got started. That was an error of judgement."

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