I could not let this go unnoticed. It is not about whether I believe this or not. It is about me being completely flabbergasted. I am very sad to see that sensationalism is valued so much. (There has been one or two good interviews from this newspaper.) I am very sad to see that, instead of supporting, the media just sends another curve ball. So far, I have been surprised by the comments. Let’s see what will follow…
A new article from Bild has a title that left me in shock. I would like to clarify the reason for it: surely, the title may be effective, but I read everything available on Lahm, so the effectiveness was lost on me since I would have read it anyway. But I am shocked and can only imagine the reaction of a general public; judging by the comments, people have brains.
We read, “Attacks on Lahm: Khedira contradicts openly, Hummels throws a punch at him [Lahm] on TV.” The newspaper/tabloid believes there is a power struggle in the German National Team. They write:
After the match in Vienna, Mats Hummels (23) openly criticized the captain Philipp Lahm in front of 11,67 million viewers. The centre-back commented on the episode in which Marco Arnautovic (23) almost scored the second goal for Austria, “Philipp, as a full-back, has to be a bit higher up [the field] than the centre-back. He [Jacob Jantscher] used the space, it’s extremely dangerous, and we were lucky.” Lahm played badly (Bild’s grade: 5), but the fact that he is directly criticized by his colleague is new and certainly is on Jogi’s ban list. (my translation)
First of all, SZ, for example, did not think Lahm played that badly. Second, how come Hummels’ words are criticism? Show me one word that can be even remotely considered criticism. Lahm does, indeed, have to be a bit higher up the field. Yep. He is a full-back. There was space. Alright. Jantscher used it, smart on his part. So? Why do they say Hummels criticizes Lahm?
Also, Sami Khedira (25) openly confronts the captain. In the interview with Bild, Lahm points out: “We want to win the World Cup. Getting to the quarterfinals can’t be our goal.”
Khedira has a completely different point of view. In Kicker, he counters: “Talking about the World Cup final is completely wrong. We’re working on winning a title. However, we still have two years before we can talk about it.” (my translation)
Do you notice how this paragraph is structured? First, what was the question that Lahm answered? For all I know, it might have been something like “Do you think getting to the quarterfinals would be enough?” Second, Khedira “counters” something – Lahm’s statement, presumably – based on… What? His knowledge of Lahm’s interview in another newspaper? Or maybe based on the information he received from a journalist about that interview? What is he countering? What was the question that a reporter asked him? I did not see the interview, so if somebody illuminates me on the matter, I would be happy to know more.
It gets better (sarcasm).
Khedira, who along with Neuer (26) played a strong championship (EURO 2012), is using this important moment to substantiate his claim on leadership. Lahm with two years without a title with Bayern and a rather weak EC is suddenly told off.
Unlike Khedira: he is in the starting line up at Real Madrid and won a championship on the upswing.
All of a sudden, a power struggle within the team threatens Jogi Löw. (my translation)
What? Again, SZ, for example, thought Lahm was one of the three players who did good at the EC. I am going to be honest with you: I am ready to bite Bild‘s journalists’ heads off. To subtly label Lahm as weak because of the absence of titles is demonstrating that you have no idea what has been going on in Bayern for the past two years.
To me, it sounds like an attack on Lahm from Bild. An indirect one. Not to mention that they are trying to undermine the unity of the team. I guess it is only to sell newspapers, and I hope that the population of Germany is not that gullible. Lahm knows the truth, and I know that he realizes this nonsense comes with the territory, but there has to be a limit nonetheless! Of course, his players know the truth. The coach knows it. That is the only thing that makes me happy in this situation.
This is tasteless. This is absolutely outrageous. Freely interpreting others’ words, putting them in the context in which they were not meant to be heard. Trying to make it worse for the team.
Summing up, I would like to ask all of you, readers and lurkers, to be above it, to reflect upon the matter, to make your own conclusions.