Lukas Podolski has leaped to the defence of Joachim Low after the Germany manager found himself the subject of ridicule online for his rather dubious touchline behaviour.
Die Mannschaft opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a solid 2-0 victory over Ukraine, sealed by a late goal from the returning Bastian Schweinsteiger.
However, despite Germany’s impressive display, many fans online were seemingly distracted by Low’s antics with the 56-year-old caught on camera with his hands down his trousers.
One eagle-eyed Twitter user was, of course, on hand to capture the moment too, much to the amusement of millions of football lovers across the planet.
Quite what he was doing – or why he decided to smell his fingers afterwards – is anybody’s guess but, for Podolski, Low’s actions are nothing out of the ordinary.
Speaking in Germany’s most recent press conference, the striker moved to defend his manager.
""Nothing special. I think 80 percent of you and me have scratched our balls at some point,” Podolski explained, conjuring up some rather vivid mental images in the process.
The 31-year-old’s loyalty to his coach is undoubtedly commendable and most likely comes as a result of Low’s decision to continue to select Podolski for international duty come rain or shine.
Podolski has more than earned his place in Germany’s squad for Euro 2016 though, following a season in which he scored 17 goals in 43 games for Galatasaray, including the decisive goal in the Turkish Cup final against bitter rivals Fenerbahce in a 1-0 victory for Aslanlar.
And after these comments fans should not be surprised if the striker is spotted doing a bit of ‘ball-juggling’ of his own on the German bench in France this summer.
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