Michael Ballack admits concerns regarding the decline of German football

Former Germany and Bayern Munich captain Michael Ballack has suggested that German football is on the decline after the recent showing in the Champions League. A Bundesliga-based outfit has made the quarter-final stage of the competition in each of the past 12 seasons but the same won’t happen this time around after Bayern, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund were eliminated at the round of 16.

Speaking to Bild, Ballack said that Germany is not experiencing the best of times in terms of dominance in football with the national team recently bowing out of the World Cup early while being relegated in the Nations League. He added that the same fortunes have been bestowed on the Bundesliga sides in the Champions League and there are no excuses for the average showing, he said: “We (the German national team) went out of the World Cup early, were relegated in the League of Nations and the Champions League has ended for all German sides in the round of 16. It’s a clue we’re not doing everything right, we must not try to explain that away with excuses.”
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