Although the pressure is growing for Jurgen Klinsmann as the World Cup approaches, the Germany coach is relaxed about the demands being placed upon him.
“I’ve got my plan with everything necessary for the World Cup preparations,” the former Germany striker said.
Klinsmann was speaking after Franz Beckenbauer berated him for returning home to California instead of attending a World Cup workshop.
“I was in Germany for three of the last five weeks after the Bundesliga started up after the winter break.
Beckenbauer, Germany’s World Cup organising committee president, said yesterday he was disappointed that Klinsmann was not in Dusseldorf for the meetings to discuss technical issues.
Klinsmann is also under fire for after Germany’s 4-1 friendly defeat by Italy last week a defeat which resulted in several members of parliament saying he should be summoned before a parliamentary committee to explain his training methods.
Klinsmann has been blamed for fielding a young and inexperienced defence and for leaving the experienced defender Christian Woerns out of Germany’s World Cup plans.
However, despite the criticism, it is unthinkable that Klinsmann will lose his job before the World Cup.
“It makes no sense to keep questioning his work and his methods,” said DFB chief executive Theo Zwanziger.
“We must all stand by him.”
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