Saturday, 2 June 2018

Wörthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt

"I cannot remember the last time I saw a defeat so self-inflicted before."
Austria - Matin Hinteregger 53', Alessandro Schöpf 69'
Germany - Mesut Özil 11'

After a substantial delay of over an hour-and-a-half due to torrential rain and some doubt the match would go ahead, Germany lose a half-time lead in their first defeat to Austria in 32 years. As usual, few acknowledge that Jogi always uses such games to experiment and see what does, and what doesn't, work.

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"It's a frustrating defeat because we didn't implement a lot of what we had talked about. We played decent football at times in the first half, but then we just stopped clicking. We allowed Austria to put in crosses and get shots away. There's a lot to digest."

Soggy Germany fall to Austria in delayed match in Klagenfurt - minute-by-minute analysis from
It never rains but pours as Germany lose to Austria

"The defeat is annoying but I'm pleased with Manu's comeback. I will talk to him once more tomorrow before making the final decision whether or not he will go to the World Cup."

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"I said a few moments ago that I am upset," Low said. "I am not upset about the loss, not upset about losing the game, I am upset about the way we lost it.
"It was our own fault, because after taking the lead we controlled the game, but right before the break and the first 15 to 20 minutes after the break we weren't in the game at all. We lost the ball unbelievably often, there were so many turnovers.
"We are not used to that from our team. We let the Austrians get back in the game."
He added "Normally when we take the lead we are good at making the opponents chase. Then we seemed to get tired and we could have wrapped the game up earlier."
"Concerning Manuel Neuer, yes, I think it was a very satisfying comeback," said Low. "He doesn't have any problems with his foot after the game, that's important. And the second thing was that he reacted great in many situations, he reacted fast.
"You couldn't tell he didn't play for a while, and that's why I am absolutely satisfied from what I saw from Manuel today."
Germany have said Neuer will start in Russia if he makes the team, and Löw suggested that was looking like a good possibility.
"It was a good comeback after such a long time. He had two, three excellent saves," Löw added. "I will talk to Manuel tomorrow. He hasn't had problems in the match or in training this week."
Asked if he was worried about the World Cup just around the corner, he replied "I accept days like this. The team would have been prepared totally differently in two week time. I won't lose any sleep over this. No worries. But if were to play like that in Russia we will struggle. There is a lot to digest, but we won't let ourselves get worked up about this. We will remain calm."

Joachim Löw: "We won't get worked up about it" - post-match interview on

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And Jogi's feelings during the lengthy delay? "I was going all over the place. Good thing it was only a friendly. But we wanted to avoid injury. The pitch then became playable."

Post-match interview on ZDF
During the interview, Jogi was presented with a 'survey' in which the majority of viewers believed Marc-André ter Stegen should be Germany's No 1 at the World Cup. Jogi declared himself uninterested in such matters, as he has in the past, but what is worth considering is that the 'results' of such surveys are never put to any standard of proof!

Match highlights from

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Antonio Rüdiger, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira, Ilkay Gündogan (Leon Goretzka), Julian Brandt (Timo Werner), Mesut Özil (Julian Draxler), Leroy Sané (Marco Reus), Nils Petersen (Mario Gomez)

Reise nach Klagenfurt - 2 June 2018

Neuer, Reus and Petersen get their chance in Austria friendly - 1 June 2018

Team news from Joachim Löw ahead of the Austria game at his DFB press conference from their South Tyrol training camp
- The plan is to start with Manuel Neuer. Will speak to him again tonight and if everything is OK he will play.
- Thomas Müller and Mats Hummels will remain at the training camp in Eppan, along with Jerome Boateng. Jogi is well aware of what the former two bring to the team.
- Marco Reus will play.  Nils Petersen will also get the chance to play.

Jogi added "Austria are a really good team. Four wins in four under Franco Foda's management, including against Uruguay, speak for themselves. Austria are flexible and have a good structure: It will take a lot to beat them."  He explained it would be completely different scenario to the recent games against the Germany U20's. In those matches they could, of course, influence how their opponents played.

Toni Kroos will not feature as he has been given an extended period of rest following the Champions League Final. - 28 May 2018

For quotes from the pre-match press conference and news from the days preceding the match, please see my South Tyrol Training Camp section.

Last updated 3 June 2018.
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