Thomas Müller described Germany’s shock World Cup defeat to Japan as “ridiculous”, but admitted that Die Mannschaft’s poor defense meant they did not deserve to win.
Germany looked set for a positive start to their Group E campaign when Ilkay Gundogan took them ahead from the spot on Wednesday, but a remarkable comeback from Japan stunned the four-time winners.
Bundesliga pairing Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano came off the bench to score the Blue Samurai’s famous victory, leaving Germany under immense pressure ahead of Sunday’s clash with Spain.
Having lost the first game just once in their first 18 World Cup matches (W13 D4), Germany have now started with back-to-back tournament defeats.
Speaking to ARD after the reverse, Muller said: “Feel-wise, we actually played well for long stretches.
“Of course, a good football game is also characterized by the fact that you convert chances and superiority into goals.
“Efficiency at both ends did not match. It’s funny that we were left with defeat.
“But at the end of the day, when you see what we left behind and how we conceded goals at the end, you would say in football jargon that it was an undeserved defeat.”
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Meanwhile, Germany captain Manuel Neuer, in his post-match interview, lamented the slow start to the second half.
“I am completely disappointed and upset that we abandoned the game,” Neuer said. “It was more than unnecessary. We have created many chances, so good luck and bad luck go hand in hand.
“The need to score a second goal may not have been there and we got Japan back in the game.
“After the break, we didn’t have that flow of the game anymore, we didn’t play with the self-confidence that we had in the first half.
“It was a bit more difficult because they started higher, but we still have to play well.”
The German loss was their first goal since the first goal in a World Cup match since a shocking quarter-final loss to Bulgaria in the 1994 tournament, when their run of 25 such games ended undefeated.
Hansi Flick’s side should now be in contention to bounce back against Luis Enrique’s side next as they look to avoid successive World Cup group stage eliminations.