"Don't shout at me": Kramer and Mertesacker argue live on ZDF
Created: 11/24/2022, 8:41 p.m
By: Stefan Schmid
The defeat of the DFB-Elf is also a hot topic in the ZDF sports studio.
There, Per Mertesacker and Christoph Kramer got into a heated exchange of blows.
Mainz/Munich – Even the day after the German national team lost their opening match at the 2022 World Cup, the way the DFB team performed was still heating up tempers.
After the game between Uruguay and South Korea, TV experts Per Mertesacker and Christoph Kramer dissect
Germany's 2-1 defeat again in the
ZDF sports studio.
Suddenly Mertesacker clearly raised his voice in the discussion, apparently having been particularly bothered by one of Kramer's formulations.
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At first, the conversation between the two experts and moderator Jochen Breyer revolved around the DFB team's chances of progressing to the knockout stages.
Breyer outlined the likely event that Japan would win their second group game against arguably the weakest side in Group E, Costa Rica.
The moderator's logical conclusion: Germany must win against Spain, otherwise Germany's hopes for the World Cup will be over after the second day of play.
Per Mertesacker and Christoph Kramer clash in the ZDF sports studio.
© Screenshot ZDF sports studio
Christoph Kramer did not want to overestimate the resulting pressure on Hansi Flick's players.
“These are all football professionals who are in business forever.
If they know one thing, then there is pressure.
Nobody collapses or can't sleep the day before the game because they're under pressure on Sunday," said the Gladbacher, assessing the situation of the players.
"Don't shout at me": Kramer reacts to the Mertesacker explosion on ZDF
Mertesacker sees significant potential for improvement in one area in particular so that the three-pointer, which may then be mandatory, works in the game against Spain.
"Can we maintain this discipline for 90 minutes, that's the crucial question for me.
And at the moment we didn't have this proof," says the head of Arsenal's youth department, emphasizing the discipline factor.
Kramer starts to reply, but can't finish it: "I have to say, I'll ignore all these emotional factors..." - then Mertesacker interrupts him.
The "emotional factors" formulated by Kramer seem to drive the former DFB defender upset.
“This is not with emotional factors.
Discipline means defensive discipline.
And we dropped principles in the last 20 minutes,” Mertesacker emphasizes his position, now almost screaming.
But Kramer only needs a second to catch himself.
"Don't yell at me," he counters with an amused smile in the direction of Jochen Breyer.
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The reason for Mertesacker's explosion is apparently the different classification of "discipline" in the football cosmos.
While Kramer sees this more as a soft, in his words “emotional factor”, Mertesacker sees it as one of the footballing hard skills: “Discipline, if I say so, has nothing to do with mentality.
Those are principles we didn't follow, that's why we lost."
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Kramer also agrees that the German team was simply too weak in their footballing appearance.
In doing so, however, he does not fail to speak out against what he considers to be irrelevant criticism.
"Now the whole time comes: concentration, arrogance, not taking the opponent seriously, not concentrating on football because we sent a signal against FIFA.
There are some truths to the game and we have to come up with something when an opponent is pressing us man-oriented.”
ZDF presenter Breyer conciliatory - Kramer smug
After the two experts have calmed down again, Jochen Breyer, who actually only wanted to lead to the next contribution, speaks again.
Following Kramer's criticism of the German game, the moderator wants to come to a conciliatory end.
When he agreed that "there were sporting factors, Per had just explained that very, very well," Kramer replies smugly: "really good".
The subsequent interruption in the form of a contribution must have come in handy, especially for Breyer, who probably did not expect such a heated atmosphere.
But the break shouldn't have come at a bad time for Kramer and Mertesacker.
Because the two spent several hours together in the gym.