The Bayern Munich centre-back has criticised doubters for what he sees as unwarranted comments following a recent run of poor results
Germany defender Mats Hummels has hit out at the media and fans for disrespecting the 2014 World Cup winners.
Joachim Low’s side are currently on a poor run of form and sit at the bottom of their Nations League group after failing to score against France and the Netherlands. Those bad results, combined with their worst World Cup performance since 1938 has seen the players and coaching team come under intense scrunity at home and abroad.
Despite the bad results, Hummels believes that Germany’s performances have not been as bad as critics are claiming and called for understanding from the supporters.
“They’re attacking everything right now, it’s disrespectful in my opinion,” Hummels told Sport1.
“It’s actually disrespectful of what the players are showing. It’s not that we are living somehow in the past. It is still true that we have a really good team. We have a lot of top players and usually a good national team, but we are being treated like full-time amateurs.
“We have to live with that, and that will always be the case in football with the media and the fans. We have to deal with this disrespect.
“It’s a mixture of bad luck and the failure to convert chances in attack, but three goals is too many. In my opinion, we have not played a bad game since the World Cup, but we did not get good results.
“We did not play well and did not get good results at the World Cup. The mood in the dressing room was a bit different. We’re playing well but failing to reward ourselves, and of course we made mistakes on the goals we conceded. The big picture is not bad.”
Germany can return to winning ways against France on Tuesday where a big win would actually see them move to the top of Group 1. Hummels knows that traveling to face the World Cup winners will be difficult and urged Die Mannschaft not to allow the hosts to take an early lead.
“We’re playing against the reigning world champion in France, which will not be an easy task again,” the Bayern Munich defender continued.
“First of all, the performance has to be right, but the result has to be right now too. We have to win in France, we can not go behind. It’s the classic case of we have to make our own luck.”
France host Germany at the Stade de France on Tuesday, October 16.