Sharing on TalkSport, the former Bayern Munich and MU midfielder affirmed: “When Pep Guardiola came to Bayern, when he came to this country, everyone believed that we had to play this football, like we had to do things. That short pass and that way of playing. That made us lose our values.”
Schweinsteiger, now a television pundit, played under Guardiola for two seasons at Bayern, after the former Barcelona manager arrived in Munich in 2013. Schweinsteiger left the Allianz Arena in 2015 to join United, in when Guardiola arrived at Man City in 2016.
“I think most other countries used to see Germany as a warrior who can push to the last minute. Those strengths have been lost in the last seven or eight years. We forget that and more focused on playing beautiful football. That is one of the reasons for the current decline, “said Schweinsteiger.
Germany’s peak period was nearly a decade ago, when Joachim Low was also the coach of Germany and led the team to win the 2014 World Cup, in which Schweinsteiger played a very important role.
Germany then continued to play well, reaching the semi-finals of EURO 2016 but since then, they have continuously disappointed at major tournaments. Germany were eliminated in the group stage at the 2018 World Cup, reaching only the second qualifying round of EURO 2020 and again in the group stage at last year’s World Cup.
Under Low’s successor, Mr. Hansi Flick, Germany won only 3 out of 11 games last season. The team was whistled by their own fans in their last game – a 0-2 home loss to Colombia last month – and confidence has run low at Die Mannschaft, which they least want in the team. when this country will host EURO 2024 next year.
Meanwhile, Guardiola is enjoying great success with City, leading the Abu Dhabi-backed club to its first Champions League title last season.