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There is no crisis, Germany are just unlucky - Podolski

The Arsenal forward admits his side have performed well below expectation in their last two matches but feels there is nothing to worry about at the moment.

Podolski and his Germany teammates after the late Irish equaliser.
Podolski and his Germany teammates after the late Irish equaliser.

LUKAS PODOLSKI INSISTS there is no crisis within the Germany national team despite their poor start to Euro 2016 qualification.

Germany’s only victory since beating Argentina in July’s World Cup final came against Scotland in September, a Thomas Muller double securing a 2-1 win.

Joachim Low’s side subsequently slumped to a first defeat against Poland at the weekend, before being held to a 1-1 draw by Ireland in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday.

However, Podolski, who came off the bench to play the second half against Ireland, says there is no need to panic and puts Germany’s recent struggles down to bad luck.

“The fact that the media want to call it a crisis is expected,” said the Arsenal forward. “It was not our aspiration to win just one point in these two games.

“We didn’t play bad games at all but anyway, this is football and it wasn’t enough. We had many players who played in the World Cup. So maybe it’s just bad luck.”

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