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Thursday, 29 June 2017

Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Confederations Cup 2017, Semi-Final

"The boys have fought hard and really deserve their place in the final."

Germany - Leon Goretzka 6', 8', Timo Werner 59', Amin Younes 90'+1'
Mexico - Marco Fabián 89'

A superb performance by Jogi's Jungs as Germany are through to the Confederatios Cup final.

Germany 4 Mexico 1: Löw's rampant rookies book Chile final showdown
Leon Goretzka steers slick Germany into final

Clinical Germany dispatch brave Mexico in action-packed Sochi semi-final
Leon Goretzka drives Germany past Mexico into Confederations Cup final

Leon Goretzka states his case for a spot in Germany's World Cup midfield

"As a coach, you obviously go into a tournament hoping to reach the final, but it's not something you can take for granted with this young team. The boys have fought hard and really deserve their place in the final. It was a high-intensity game and we wanted to show our presence early on and dictate the play. We had to do a lot of defensive work though, as we weren't as composed after our two goals and didn't move the ball around well. We improved after the break. There are some happy faces in the changing room, but the lads aren't going overboard. This team has turned into a real unit very quickly and are working for each other."

"It was an unbelievably intense game. It was important for us and impressed me how we implemented, from the start, exactly the things we had spoken about. Mexico normally force the opponent into adapting to their way of playing, but we said we need to do the opposite and be dominant, courageous and attacking. The team did that terrifically in the opening 15-20 minutes and the two goals were very well made. Then we pushed back a little, lost the ball a few times and didn't play with the same speed going forward. After the third goal went in, though, it was over. Compliments to our young team for reaching the final."

"Leon Goretzka was fantastic in the opening stages and made some great runs. He's in incredible form and is a top footballer. I gave Benjamin Henrichs his chance today for good reason. He has worked well in training and also grabbed an assist against Cameroon."

Löw hails Ter Stegen as Germany reach Confederations Cup final

"Marc made some wonderful saves. They had their chances and we had to run a lot. By no means was it an easy win. It was a really difficult game."
Asked if he considered this the easiest game in the tournament, he said it was hard to judge the hardest or easiest game as all teams are at very high comparable levels. He said that although the game ended 4-1, Mexico did have goalscoring opportunities.

Jogi said he had no idea whether there was to be a welcoming home reception organised for the squad back in Germany, and today was not the day to discuss it.

The organisation of the Confederations Cup came in for praise from Joachim Löw at his post-match press conference. The training facilities in both Sochi and Kazan had been superb, the stadiums were brilliant and the logistical support excellent. The decision to stay in Sochi had been a correct one and the extra days in the past week had certainly helped the squad.

Jogi was asked if he was surprised as how his youngsters had performed ta the tournament "I'm surprised, yes. But I realised after two or three days that all of these guys know how to play and are technically very good players. No one predicted we would get to the final. That wasn't something we were thinking about. We wanted to develop. This experience at a FIFA tournament is incredibly worthwhile and will hep these young players stand their ground at a major tournament. They have developed enormously and have become an unbelievable team. They fight for each other and are ambitious and hungry."

Finally when asked if he expected to see more than one or two of the guys in the squad at the 2018 World Cup, he replied "Yes, I hope so"!

Mit der B-Mannschaft ins Finale - über das Glück des Joachim Löw
Die schönsten Höffnungen des Joachim Löw

Jürgen Klinsmann in awe of German football talent pool

Post-match interview with ARD

FIFA post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Marc-André ter Stegen, Joshua Kimmich, Antonio Rüdiger, Matthias Ginter, Benjamin Henrichs, Leon Goretzka (Emre Can), Sebastian Rudy, Jonas Hector, Lars Stindl (Julian Brandt), Julian Draxler (Amin Younes), Timo Werner

Training, Sochi, 28 June 2017

Abschlusstraining in Sotschi - 28 June 2017

Interviews with ZDF and ARD

FIFA Press Conference, Sochi, 28 June 2017, with Jonas Hector

Joachim Löw started his pre-match press conference by saying how much his side were looking forward to the semi-final against Mexico. "We're pleased to have made it to the semi-final and we'll be coming up against strong opponents in the form of Mexico. We went through a quick review of our game against Cameroon on Monday, and then began preparations by gathering some knowledge on our opponents. Mexico are a team that run a lot, and that also have quick and unpredictable players. They're on Chile's level as a team in terms of how they play. They're an emotional side with a lot of pride. We want to make it to the final. Our players are hungry, but we need to play better than we did in the first half against Cameroon."

Confederations Cup: 'We're heading to the final,' says ultra-confident Joachim Löw

"I think in terms of gut feeling, we're heading to St Petersburg," said Löw, who paid tribute to the performances of the young and peripheral players who have impressed at the tournament.
Löw added: "We have flexibility and all the players have done a good job. Some have shown great hunger while others are simply outstanding. I had the idea to bring an experimental squad to the Confederations Cup in 2014. I'm satisfied with the decisions we've made."
Talking of opponents Mexico:"They're aggressive in a positive way, as Mexico have embodied this style of play for many years now. My first experience of the Mexicans came against them in the third-place playoff in the 2005 Confed Cup - I didn't know much about them back then. They were the team that enthralled me the most, due to their extreme willingness to attack and their defiance. It wasn't as common back then to attack your opponents in their own box, but that's exactly was the Mexicans did. Their philosophy of play is to hunt down the ball. They've developed an incredible dynamic." He revealed that he has been talking to Jürgen Klinsmann about them, as obviously he has had experience of them during his time as USA coach.

He is not going to field the same line-up as against Cameroon, there will be changes which will be discussed with individual players after the final training session today. The players have shown great strength which helps in many ways to be flexible and means he can pick and choose.

Jogi was asked if he had had a 'light bulb' moment when he decided that they would experiment in his squad for the Confederations Cup. "The moment came when I realised after the World Cup hat we'd be playing three tournaments in three years. We also had a bad experience after the 2014 World Cup, because a lot of the players were carrying knocks and it was tough on their bodies. I had to replace eight or nine players in the first game after the tournament. Tournaments like this one are a lot of work for the players, and most of them get off to a rocky start to the season because of it. It was clear that a third tournament would take its toll, and so I decided to call up other players for the Confed Cup. It's also a good chance for me to work with young players, who can't simply simulate things like this - friendlies are totally different. The game against Cameroon was an example of that: it was do-or-die. The experience will help the players at their next tournament. I'm happy with their development, because now we have more alternatives and competition within the squad - and that was our aim coming into the tournament."

On his young Confed Cup team: "I'm really happy to be in the semi-final with this side. Our main aim is always to be one of the last four teams in any competition, and you couldn't necessarily expect that from this team. Nonetheless, they did it, and did so by overcoming a few different hurdles in the tournament. It's nice that the team is bonding, because the players are spending time with each other off the pitch too. They're incredibly happy to be here. Not a single player is seeking to be in the spotlight - instead they all want to succeed as a team."

On the decision to start Marc-André for the rest of the tournament "It's important for goalkeepers to play two or three games at a time. Marc has been here with us longer than Bernd (Leno) or Kevin (Trapp) have. He's a great keeper, but that's not to say that the others aren't."

What Julian Draxler means to the team going forward "A lot of players are important for us when it comes to building attacks, but Julian is a player who is technically superb, has pace, can play in space, and can finish. I'm fond of his performances here so far. He's developing as a character and does well looking after the younger players. He's very ambitious here and there's no question that he wants to win the Confed Cup. He's played well on the pitch, and you can see the quality that he possesses."

On the U21 side who had the previous evening beaten England on penalties to go through to the Final of the U21's Euros: "We all watched the U21s together yesterday, feeling the tension before ultimately celebrating. A few of the players here were indeed a part of that team once. We can take pride in the way we're developing our young players, as they've really improved in recent years - but we can by no means stop this progression and sit back."

Germany's Joachim Löw on penalties: Sometimes it's good not to practise

"I don't know if we will train penalties before the Mexico game," Löw said at his prematch news conference. "Sometimes the players do it after training on their own, but it is not something I ask them to do during the session.
"In 2016, I told them that every time they score so many in training, there's an occasional one that won't go in and then, against Italy in the quarterfinal, we missed penalties and were fortunate to go through.
"Sometimes it is good not to train penalties too much because everything will be different during the game."
Low admitted that choosing a reliable penalty taker is often more about emotion rather than technical ability.
"I check the faces of my players," he said. "You know their characteristics and need to be able to read you players and get some visual feedback as well.
"You know which players have missed one before and that also gives you an idea as to who might take one."
Löw will Klose fest binden: "Er gibt einen sehr guten Input"

Jogi was asked about Miroslav Klose's contribution to the team, and said he is learning to get familiar with the training side, which is a completely different aspect of football from being a player. His observations on attacking players are very useful and he provides valuable input as a former striker. He has over the next years to learn more about coaching overall, and Jogi hopes that this will get him on board for DFB teams in the future.

He was also asked by a Russian journalist about Robert Bauer who had played for Germany at youth level, but has now indicated a desire to play for Russia. Jogi said that so far he is not down on their list, and at the moment this is not something to be commenting on. He believes it is a player's decision who he should play for, but if they decide to change to Germany they are welcome (such as Kerem Demirbay). All the management team can do is promise support.

Germany boss Löw wants names in Russia World Cup doping row

"This investigation is still on-going and I don't want to stoke any of these speculations," he told a news conference ahead of Germany's Confederations Cup semi-final against Mexico in Sochi.
"I cannot assess the situation. I have heard of it and, if that [there has been doping], I would like to have the names.
"Please print the names in newspapers, give the names in public and that would mean we should proceed where WADA or FIFA or any organisations conducting those doping tests just call a spade a spade. Then we know what's going to happen from there.
"Always keeping the speculations simmering and coming up with another set of allegations that so and so are there... I can't prove it and no one apparently can if we do not have the facts here on the table, and I don't want to assume that others do."
Löw also called for swift action to be taken against any players found to have been doping.
He added: "Now, those organisations that are permanently testing us in our training camps and before and after the games, I want to have the names, please.
"If there really are the names there, they shouldn't be hidden at all. If there is something to it, make it public and if players have been doped they have to be removed. They have to be suspended."
In another question he was asked about a Timo Werner/Sandro Wagner combination and said it was possible.

After a rest day on Monday (Jogi was described as walking barefoot along the shore of the Black Sea in Sochi), the squad were back training on 27 June 2017.:

Training, Medien und Pool der Tag in Sotschi

Germany ramp up preparations for Mexico clash in Confederations Cup semi-final as Timo Werner relishes 'huge opportunity' for young players - 27 June 2017

Loew relishes Mexico test at Confederations Cup - 26 June 2017

"Mexico are a very unpleasant side to face with a lot of technically strong and pacy players. They are a well-versed side. But I am happy that we can have these experiences, because we don't play against side from Central America that much- It will be an interesting game, they have some quality footballers." - from dfb.de

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