Head coach Joachim Low is fighting to keep his Germany job after the recent loss to world champions France, but can the current boss turn things around?

Turn the clock back to 2014 and Germany were at the height of their powers, having thrashed Brazil 7-1 in their own backyard in the World Cup semi-finals before edging past Argentina in the final to lift the trophy for the fourth time.

A run to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championship was seen as a slight disappointment, but that was quickly forgotten when Die Mannschaft triumphed at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup for the first time.

However, things have taken a turn for the worse over the past year and a group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia was the first time since 1938 that West Germany or the unified Germany team had not advanced beyond the first stage of the tournament.

Since that embarrassing exit, Low’s men, who are 6/1 to win Euro 2020, drew 0-0 at home to France in their UEFA Nations League opener before only just edging past Peru 2-1 in a friendly.

A 3-0 loss to the Netherlands last Saturday was then followed by a 2-1 defeat to Les Bleus (4/1f- Euro 2020 Outright), leaving Germany bottom of Group A1 and on the verge of relegation to A2.

Serious questions are being asked of Low and failure to turn things around during November’s international break, which will see the 2014 world champions take on Russia and the Dutch, could spell the end for the manager.

But what exactly has been the reason for the drop in form? One key area that Germany are lacking in at the moment is a ruthless goalscorer.

Timo Werner, Mark Uth and Thomas MullerĀ have been struggling for form in front of goal, while the likes of Lars Stindl and Nils Petersen have failed to shine when handed an opportunity.

The age of the squad is also interesting to look at. Of the recent squad for the October fixtures, Muller and Mats Hummels were the joint oldest at 29, highlighting the lack of experience. Six players also had 10 or less caps to their name, with 12 players aged 25 or younger.

There is undoubted potential in this Germany side but they may have to endure a difficult period in their illustrious history, with the 2020 European Championship, or even the 2022 World Cup, a realistic target for their next chance of major silverware.

Odds subject to change.

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