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Attending his first game of 2018 at the Schwarzwald Stadion, Joachim Löw saw Freiburg defeat RB Leipzig 2-1, after Timo Werner had put the visitors ahead.

Match page from bundesliga.com

Nations League Group Draw, Lausanne, 24 January 2018

Germany have been drawn in Group A1 with France and the Netherlands. The group matches will take place between September and November 2018.

Asked for his comments afterwards, Joachim Löw showed his delight at the draw and also the new competition.
"Finally there's no luck of the draw, thank God! It's really interesting. The Netherlands and France are two neighbouring countries with a huge culture and history in football. They will be interesting games for the fans and all of us. The most important thing was not to have more internationals, because the players were already pushed to the limit with their work load. I think it's good having fewer friendlies and more competitive matches. Interest in friendlies over the last few years has decreased rapidly, the people want to see competitive football. When there's a competition, you can win something, like a trophy, or you can get relegated. The important thing is qualifying for the next tournament, not the Nations League trophy. It will be nice to be among the top four, but the priority has to be qualifying for the next championship."

More comments on sport.de

Löw: Neuer 'on schedule' to play World Cup with Germany

"He's on schedule," said Löw on Wednesday.
"I always have contact with Manuel Neuer and also (Germany's goalkeeper coach) Andi Köpke.
On Leon Goretzka's upcoming move to Bayern Munich, following which he received boos and abuse from Schalke fans at the weekend, he said "I have spoken to the player, and also to those in charge at Schalke 04. He spoke of the need for calmness and not everything to be focused on Leon. "The player has made a decision that did not go down well everywhere, but was made with conviction. The fans should deal with him in a normal context. He has always been there for Schalke, and it is his total intention to do well up until the end. I hope the situation calms down a little. I have talked to the player, but also to those in charge of Schalke 04. The most important thing for them is that there is a certain amount of rest, not everything is focused on Goretzka. The player has made a decision that does not create great sympathy everywhere - but out of conviction. The fans should deal with him in a way that is normal. Leon was always ready for Schalke, and it is his absolute intention to do well for Schalke 04 until the end. I hope the situation on Schalke calms down a bit."

"We have been working for a few days" he added, looking ahead to the summer "telephone conferences, workshops, observations - all thoughts are directed towards the World Cup. We have a lot to do, a lot to decide, but it's also fun."

Nations League: Löw freut sich auf Frankreich und Niederlande - video clip from tv.dfb.de

Löw has nothing against drawing 'strong opponents' - pre-draw comments
Joachim Löw will be representing the DFB in Switzerland, along with Oliver Bierhoff, president Reinhard Grindel and general secretary Dr. Friedrich Curtius. "At the moment, the World Cup in Russia is my priority," said the manager: "We always want to test our abilities against the top teams, so I wouldn't be against drawing strong opponents in the Nations League draw."

UEFA Nations League: all you need to know from UEFA.com explains the format the tournament will take.

Germany's match dates can be found in my Upcoming Matches Section


News of Germany's opponents in their final fixture before travelling to Russia for the World Cup this summer was announced and it will be against Saudi Arabia at Leverkusen's BayArena on 8 June. Jogi was quoted on dfb.de.:
"The match against Austria is a good test against a European side, which fits well into our preparation for the World Cup from a sporting and organisational perspective. We will come up against a different playing style and mentality with Saudi Arabia, one that we won't be too familiar with and will have to prepare for going into the World Cup. I expect Saudi Arabia to take the game very seriously and they certainly won't give us an easy ride, particularly as they will be looking to go into their World Cup opener against Russia a few days later full of confidence."

Jogi made the trip to Dortmund on Saturday, 27 January 2018, where he saw a late equaliser earn the home side a draw. Freiburg remain unbeaten in their last eight games.

Nils Petersen nets stunner as Freiburg hold Borussia Dortmund to draw

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