Germany in Tatters as Back Three Experiment Falls Flat Against Colombia

The German national football team faced a crushing 0-2 defeat against Colombia in an international friendly match, leaving Hansi Flick's experimental back three formation exposed and criticized. With a new-look roster and formation, the team failed to deliver the expected results, raising questions about their preparedness for upcoming tournaments.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Emre Can, who played as a center-back in the 3-4-3 formation against Colombia, was forthright in his assessment of the team's performance. In an interview with Az's Maximilian Koch, Can stated that a back four formation would better suit the team, acknowledging that the back three experiment did not work.

Flick, the former Bayern Munich coach, admitted to the failure of his tactical experiment, conceding that the arguments were not in their favor. Although it is better to discover such shortcomings early, the German team has faced a series of disappointing performances, leading to concerns about their ability to compete in next summer's European Championships.

In 2021, then-coach Joachim Löw introduced a back three formation for the summer's EURO, marking his final stint with the national team. Flick was expected to bring about improvements, but the team's struggles have persisted, marked by sputtering performances, changing systems, and empty-handed returns from tournaments.

As the German team searches for answers and the right tactical approach, time is running out to prepare for the European Championships. The recent loss to Colombia serves as a stark reminder of the challenges ahead and the need for a swift turnaround in the team's fortunes.

For more in-depth analysis and reactions to the game, check out the International Friendly Rant edition of the BPW Postgame Show on Spotify or use the player below. Additionally, consider voting for the 2023 Best Club Podcast Award at WorldSoccerTalk and showing your support for insightful football discussions.

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