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Monday, 19 June 2017

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Confederations Cup 2017, Group B

"I can live with that win.
We played well considering it was the first time for some to play in a tournament."

Germany - Lars Stindl 5', Julian Draxler 44' (pg), Leon Goretzka 48'
Australia - Tom Rogic 41', Tomi Juric 56'

Germany begin their Confederations Cup campaign - Joachim Löw's sixth tournament as Bundestrainer - with a victory. Jogi never expected it to be perfect, and shows his delight at the final whistle.

Germany open Confed Cup account with win against Australia
Germany see off Aussies in opening win - from FIFA>com

Goals galore as world champions get off to winning start

Joachim Löw sees his experimental German side open Confederations Cup campaign with a win

"We can be happy with the wun. We played a very good first half and had a lot of chances to run at them. We linked up well but we let a lot of chances slip by. We seemed to lose a little bit of attacking threat towards the end. I am very satisfied, the boys tried to make things work. The boys know the basics and have a lot of quality. The fact we have only been together ten days as well it was still a very good performance. A lot of energy has been pumped into this team in a short space of time. They all want to make this tournament theirs. The teamwork and spirit in the group is very good.

There was not a lot Bernd Leno could do about the first goal but you would have expected him to hold onto the ball for the second. But that can happen with a young goalkeeper. If you take away the goals the Australians have not created much.

On Leon Goretzka:  "He was really strong, just as he has been the whole time since he has been with us. Leon put himself about and worked hard. He won challenges in defence and made excellent runs going forward. That is very hard to defend against as we saw with the third goal. He is in great form and is giving a very good impression."

Joachim Löw happy with Germany's win over Australia in Sochi

"I am happy that we've got the first three points," Low said at his press conference.
"The first half we played very well, had good combinations and everything was under control. The bad thing was that we had only a 2-1 lead as we had numerous other opportunities.
"After 60 minutes we lost our way in many ways, our attacks were not quite as consistent. We can work on that but with a new team many things have worked really well, I don't think you should have excessively high expectations."In general there were very good approaches and I'm very happy."

Joachim Low: New-look Germany far from 'perfect' after edging Australia

"Who would expect it to be perfect?" Löw said. "This is a team that never played together so we have done a lot of work over 10 days.
"We were losing our thread, our attacks were not as consistent and we weren't single-minded.
"We need to work on maintaining our stability... but this is a new team and things have worked very well."
At the post-match press conference he praised captain Julian Draxler and the positive effect he has on the team. He has lots of good energy, is very ambitious, and really is a player that the less experienced players can relate to. He can deal with responsibility and is a role model on field and offthe pitch.

He spoke of Julian Brandt who performed well with speed and one-on-one strength, but with continually running back he was 'out of puff' afer 60 minutes. He also explained the difference between his role and that of Julian Draxler, who he saw playing in the midfield area as well as being a wide man.

Löw backs Leno to overcome Australia woe

"Australia in the first half didn't really create many opportunities. The first goal was not really easy to stop and on the second the free-kick was deflected," Low said."He could have held on to that ball but he is a good goalkeeper. I have no doubt about it. In training he makes a good impression."
Löw praises Postecoglou's Socceroos - from SBS Australia
"This team in 2010 - and for a number of years - was playing with long and high balls. That was easy to defend against.
"In the last three or four years they have changed. They do more combinations, not playing the long ball.
"It's a team that is courageous and sometimes cheeky enough to challenge the opponents and attack very boldly.
"There are not many teams doing that. They are very bold."I think they have developed very well in the last three or four years."

Bundestrainer Löw lobt Videobeweis
Joachim Löw has given his positive feedback on the Video Referee system (VAR) which has been introduced at the Confederations Cup, and thinks that although the delay when the referee stops the game seems strange, the experiment is worth it.

Match analysis:
Germany vs. Australia: Five things we learned
Germany in safe hands with Löw's next generation

FIFA post-match press conference
Post match interview on ZDF

Match highlights from FIFATV

Starting Line-Up:
Bernd Leno, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rüdiger, Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Lars Stindl (Emre Can), Sebastian Rudy, Leon Goretzka, Julian Brandt (Niklas Süle), Julian Draxler, Sandro Wagner (Timo Werner)

The ZDF pre-match show with an interview and footage of Jogi in Sochi.

FIFA Press Conference, Sochi, 18 June 2017

Joachim Löw opened his first pre-match press conference by stating how much Germany were looking forward to the beginning of the tournament. He praised the excellent conditions, their good training site and how close it was to the hotel. He said they team had been received warmly and how friendly everyone was. The team were now ready to start, the last training sessions have been very focused.

He said that although it may surprise some people, he considers the Confed Cup a 'great gift'. It helps them in the run up to next year, and to achieve goals in the following years. It helps them improve their players thanks to the experience gained, and said that although the team haven't been playing together long, they have been showing they can put things into practice very quickly, they are ready and eager to learn. He has a very good feeling going forward with a very promising team.

He also praised the country's academies for providing him with the next generation of talent.

He said the plans had been implemented in 2014 to use this tournament to give young players experience. This is what they need, it helps them greatly to move forward. The pllayers have given him a very good feeling, for example Julian Draxler and Jo Kimmich. They have not all yet reached the standards of world performances, but their qualities are certainly there. He admitted that sometimes you have to be lucky to reach the very top, have perseverance, but the talent is undoubtedly there.Other than Bernd Leno in goal, he would not disclose any of the line-up for tomorrow, as he has yet to speak to the players and will be doing so tomorrow. He expressed their 100% confidence in Bernd Leno who is playing as he did not feature against Denmark or San Marino. It is very positive and advantageous to see the squad under live competition conditoins and it is important for him to experiment with players. For example, someone who doesn't play tomorrow, may play against Chile.

Talking about his opponents tomorrow, he said "It will be important for us to stay compact and stable in defence. Australia has a good attack with quick players. We have been working for many years now on our way of playing with quick movement of the ball, so during training here the players' movement in the final third of the pitch was very important to us." from
"Australia will be playing very quickly. They have a dynamic team on the field I'm sure" he said "Robbie Kruse or Mathew Leckie are really fast players and we know them from the Bundesliga. They'll leave the ball to us and will counter-attack."

Jogi was asked how he dealt the gap between the end of the Bundesliga season and his squad meeting up. He replied that physically speaking the team were in very good shape, the players having used their free days to continue to exercise. With a gap of a week or two, there is not much catching up to do. The players' rhythm has been increased, and they are now training in competition like conditions. Physically the team is very dynamic and in good shape. He does not feel they have any catching up to do.

Asked to explain why he chose not to train in the Sochi stadium that evening, he said it was down to the time slot they were designated at 7.30 pm which meant that in the organisation of things it would take until 9.00 pm. He felt it far better to train at the same time as they would playing on Monday and thus use the same arrangements as they would for the actual match the following day. He did not feel it was necessary for the team to have played on the pitch beforehand because conditions, length of grass, etc., were very similar to their training pitch. However they did visit the stadium to absorb the atmosphere.

He was asked whether he felt his top stars should be fearful of being usurped by his new young team, but he felt not. "but having said that is quite an incentive and this is intentional. There comes a time when there must be changes, a team needs to evolve and grow. Competition will do any player good. This experience is really excellent, playing against players of different styles, tactics, and this will help those next year, help them out in difficult situation. Fundamental goal is to grow players and help them move forward." Germany will naturally start the match to win it, but this is not the be all and end all. They can accept the tournament if players are prepared for the future. "This is what wants to achieve."

He also spoke of Stanislav Cherchesov, the Russian coach who was Jogi's goalkeeper when manager at FC Tirol Innsbruck. He described him as a 'strong character' with whom he had been in regular contact by text message. He commended Russia on their excellent start to the tournament.

What Löw hopes to learn at Russia 2017
Jogi is interviewed on and speaks about his goalkeeping options, what being world class means, a back-three and Sandro Wagner.

"Formations are a key issue for us," the 57-year-old explained. "It's possible that we'll use different systems during the tournament and perhaps even within a single match. Being able to experiment in competition conditions is extremely useful."
'Rugby mentality' - Löw expects physical battle against Socceroos
"Australian football is influenced by rugby a bit," Löw told German public broadcaster ZDF on Sunday. "They are physically strong, have a great mentality, never give up and never give you a moment to breathe. They're a team who are hard to play against."
"We can't just expect that everything will function seamlessly," he said. "It will be important to shed any nervousness we might have as soon as the game starts."
Abschlusstraining in Sotschi

Team hinter dem Team so wird für die Mannschaft gekocht
Jogi samples the team's buffet.

There is a major interview with Jogi in today's Welt-am-Sonntag, 18 June 2017. It is currently behind a paywall at the website for Welt, but please do let me know if anyone has a print copy!
I will include any excerpts when they appear!

Löw tips Kimmich for greatness

"Joshua is one of the biggest talents I have seen over the past 10 years or so," Löw told ZDF.
"He has a certain hunger and desire, he wants to be on top of his game in every single training session."I think he can have a huge career."
Joachim Löw: "Erfolgreiche Mannschaften brauchen Vernderung" - 17 June 2017
An interview with ARD

Training, Park Arena Training Ground, Sochi, 17 June 2017

Der Tag in Sotschi

Löw: "Leno in goal against Australia" - 17 June 2017
Germany manager Joachim Löw has confirmed that his side will play their first Confederations Cup game against Austrlia with Leverkusen's Bernd Leno in goal on Monday (17:00 CEST). "Bernd Leno will play in goal against Australia," said Löw.
Löw has already promised to give playing time to all three of his goalkeepers [Leno being the only one not to have started so far in the June matches]

The FIFA video shoot for the tournament graphics. - 17 June 2017

Training, Park Arena Training Ground, Sochi, 16 June 2017

Vormittagstraining in Sotschi

Löw tüftelt im Disneyland
The German team train to an unusual backdrop, describes

Training, Park Arena Training Ground, Sochi, 15 June 2017

Arrival in Sochi, 15 June 2017

Anreise nach Sochi-

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