Joachim Low blasted for dropping Sane… by the sprinklers at training! Germany boss gets a soaking as his final picks focus on World Cup
- Germany trained on Tuesday ahead of their final World Cup warm-up match
- Joachim Low’s men will face Saudi Arabia at the BayArena on Friday
- Head coach Low was caught off guard in Tyrol as he was blasted by sprinklers
Germany head coach Joachim Low’s soaking by a sprinkler on Tuesday could have been cruel payback for his savage axing of Leroy Sane from his World Cup squad.
Low announced his final 23-man squad for the tournament in Russia on Monday which saw Sane – last season’s PFA Young Player of the Year – excluded from the squad.
It was a controversial decision that sparked uproar on social media. However, the show must go on, and those who were selected must get to work.
Joachim Low was caught non-the-wiser as he is hammered by sprinklers during training
The Germany squad prepare for their final World Cup warm-up match against Saudi Arabia
Manuel Neuer led his team-mates out on to the training ground for the first time since being named Germany’s captain for this year’s tournament in Russia.
He successful recovered from a foot injury that ruled him out for almost all of last season to reclaim the No 1 shirt from the grasp of Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Julian Draxler, who was the lucky individual preferred by Low to Sane in the final selection process, was another looking to back up his manager’s faith in him at Germany’s southern Tyrol training base.
Low meanwhile, was dealt what Sane may view as payback for his exclusion, as the Germany boss was blasted midway through the training session.
Manuel Neuer leads the German squad out to training after being named captain
Manager Low gets the ball rolling as he does some kick-ups at the start of the session
The Germany boss proves he can play as well as manage as he coolly keeps the ball aloft
On a sunny day in southern Tyrol – a province of north-east Italy – Low was caught non-the-wiser as a set of sprinklers went off randomly during the training session.
The Germany boss stood among his players as the water came bursting out of the earth to spray him directly in the face. That’s one way to cool his frustrations after last Saturday’s defeat by Austria.
The 2-1 defeat at Austria Klagenfurt’s home ground, the Worthersee Stadion, planted just a small piece of doubt into the Germany squad and supporters’ minds that maybe they are not so indestructible.
And that is why efforts were doubled on Tuesday. They will face Saudi Arabia in their final World Cup warm-up match at the BayArena on Friday, where they will attempt to salvage their World Cup-winning reputation.
More to follow.
Author: Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.