Low is the right man to coach Germany, says Ballack

The former Germany international has a fractured relationship with die Mannschaft's trainer, but says he should not resign after their Euro 2012 semi-final exit
Michael Ballack believes that Joachim Low is the right man to coach Germany, despite their disappointing exit in the Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

After reaching the Euro 2008 final and the semi-finals at the 2010 World Cup, many tipped the Germans to go all the way at Euro 2012, but their 2-1 defeat to Italy saw them fail in yet another major tournament.

Ballack has an infamously fractured relationship with the trainer due to losing his place in the team, and the captaincy, to injury before the 2010 World Cup, and engaged in a war of words with the German Football Federation (DFB) after refusing a farewell match in a friendly.

However, the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder still believes that the 52-year-old is the right man to take Germany forward, but admitted that their early elimination in Ukraine and Poland was unsatisfactory.

"I still think that Joachim Low is the right man to be coach," Ballack wrote in his column for Express.

"He shouldn't resign now. I won't make a speech about the Euros now. Given the team's quality, it's disappointing. Something is missing if you don't manage to get the title after 2008 and 2010."

The former Chelsea and Bayern Munich star went on to suggest that rotation in the knockout rounds of the tournament could have created uncertainty among the players.

"It was true that Joachim Low hardly changed the team in the first round, and then considerably in the crucial knock-out games," he added. "This certainly lost the some rhythm, and uncertainty arose."

Before losing his place in the team, the 35-year-old won 98 caps for his country, and played at three European Championships and two World Cups.