German national coach Rudi Voller admits he is worried by the form of his players with the EURO 2004 FINALS in Portugal looming on the horizon.
Germany open their campaign on June 15 against Holland, and Voller hopes that his players recapture the form that took them to the 2002 World Cup final.
Of particular concern is the form of Bayern Munich playmaker Michael Ballack, who was recently singled out for criticism by club president Franz Beckenbauer.
“It is as if Ballack is jogging and cannot move up a notch,” claimed Beckenbauer.
“There is just no initiative from him.”
Voller acknowledges Ballack form is of concern.
“He is not getting the goals but the criticism is often too harsh,” Voller told Bild.
Ballack is not the only player to be underperforming.
“Klose was good in the 2-1 win over Croatia but the others have to find their form,” admitted Voller.
Bayer Leverkusen captain Jens Nowotny is anopther who has struggled although to be fair to the defender, he did miss 18 months through injury.
‘Nowotny needs to develop his mental toughness again after his injury,” explained Voller.
To compound matters, the normally-reliable goalkeeper Oliver Kahn, has also looked vulnerable in recent months.