Well, this isn’t what Leeds United fans wanted to see from Robin Koch’s final outing for Germany before heading back to Elland Road.
Germany lost 6-0 to Spain on Tuesday night, their heaviest competitive defeat ever and it saw them eliminated from the Nations League with Spain enjoying 70% of the possession.
Germany had two shots all night and none on target.
Koch played the full 90 minutes in defence and picked up a yellow card, and while Leeds fans will be pleased to see him come home without injury, it’s fair to say his confidence could well be shot.
In his last two games for Leeds he conceded eight goals and he’s the one player who’s played every game in the Premier League. Leeds have the joint-worst defensive record in the top-flight.
But what did the press make of Koch last night?
Eurosport gave him a rating of 5/10, which was the second-lowest on the Germany side. Only Philipp Max got lower with a four.
Bilde called him “helpless” and added how badly he defended the ball in the air against Dani Olmo that led to Spain’s second goal.
FR24News said that Koch was “out of his depth”.
German website Bavarian Football Works was more scathing, saying that Koch was a “disaster” and gave him 1/10. They also said he looked “out of his depth” against Spain.
It didn’t get much better from WhoScored, who gave Koch a 5.4 – the second-lowest of the German outfield players.
90min.com gave him a 4/10 rating and said, “Someone pluck out Jerome Boateng’s phone number from the bin, please…”
SZ.de said, “[Koch] plays in England but has not otherwise passed that many international endurance tests. The Spaniards repeatedly gave him tasks that he could not (yet) solve. Was not redeemed by Löw either, but had to suffer through 90 minutes.”
The one good thing for Leeds is that Koch was saluted by Germany manager Joachim Low after playing in midfield in the previous international – the 3-1 win against Ukraine.
Now it’s up to Marcelo Bielsa to get Koch’s head right for the game against Arsenal on Sunday.
With Diego Llorente still out with injury, Koch will have to play in the centre of defence, although he could be used in midfield if Kalvin Phillips doesn’t make the game.
Damn these international breaks.
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