Thursday, 6 September 2018

Allianz Arena, Munich
Nations League Group A1

"Every single one fought and reached his limit. Thus, I'm happy with today's game."

A fresh season, a brand new tournament and Jogi sees much to like in the side's performance against the new World Champions.

"I am very happy with the performance. I expected to see this willingness on the pitch and that we'd give our all in the game. Regardless of the outcome, we wanted to show a different attitude, a new outlook and regain some belief. I can be very happy with this performance."

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Germany response against France delights Löw

"Our performance was important. It was important to show a reaction," Low told reporters.
"And, I think, the team did well. We could have scored some goals against the World Cup winners."
Jogi expressed his delight in the performance "This game came after a disappointing World Cup performance, which showed us that we needed a new outlook, a new attitude and a new approach. So that's what we did. We were very well organized, and we were never caught on the break by France. Every individual player played to their absolute limit and took on the opposition well in 50-50s. We showed great character and had some great chances in the second-half. The attitude, the energy and willingness were very present. I was absolutely delighted."

Joachim Löw rewarded for putting faith in Germany's old guard

"Of course we need to integrate new players. We always need to be pushing to do that, but it is a process that will not happen overnight," Löw said after the match.
"We saw that against a team as strong as France, players like Hummels, Boateng and Kroos are extremely important, because of their class, their experience and their quality. The youngsters will get their opportunity."

Jogi was asked about individual aspects of the match:

Joshua Kimmich as a No 6: "After the World Cup I felt that I needed to make some tactical changes. Jo Kimmich played in that position a lot when he was younger. We tested it in training and he did very well. He was very present on the pitch, strong in challenges and really good on the ball. He had a great performance and that is definitely a good solution for us."

Four central defenders across the back: "It was the right thing to do against an opponent like France - to play with a strong back four. That is not a permanent solution - there are teams that play almost wholly at the back - but this was just for today's opposition."

Ilkay Gundogan receives mixed reception as Germany share goalless draw with World Cup winners France

Asked about the crowd in Munich he replied "The crowd was very good. Despite this recent World Cup the fans supported us and were celebrating, which is great to see. However, like I said before, we don't now think, that everything is forgotten after one game. We must continue putting in good performances."

However there was one aspect with which he was not at all happy:
Ilkay Gundogan abuse from Germany fans must stop, says angry boss Joachim Löw

"This must end now. If a national team player is jeered that does not help anyone."What more can Ilkay do? He has shown he supports the values of Germany.
"He was born here, his family and friends are here."
Löw disappointed with Ozil 'on a human level'
"Of course, I expected him to call me personally and inform me," Low told ZDF after Germany's 0-0 Nations League draw with France, adding, "Logically, that's why I'm disappointed. I'm disappointed on a human level, too. We've been on this path together for many years."

Löw stated this week that the Gunners playmaker had "closed the door" on a possible return, but he said on Thursday he would try to establish contact with the player once more.
"I'll take the initiative again," he confirmed.

Joachim Löw "Not everything is forgotten in one game" - post-match comments from Jogi on

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Match page and link to highlights from

Post-match interview on ZDF

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer, Antonio Rüdiger, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Matthias Ginter, Toni Kroos, Joshua Kimmich, Timo Werner, Leon Goretzka (Ilkay Gundogan), Thomas Müller, Marco Reus (Leroy Sané)

Training, Munich, 5 September 2018

Löw: Frankreich die größte Herausforderung
Jogi speaks to ZDF - 5 September 2018

Press Conference, Munich, 5 September 2018, with Toni Kroos

"The team now needs to show this intension and passion on the pitch. I am convinced that the players will do this."

At his second press conference in a week, Joachim Löw spoke of rekindling the passion in the national team "Of course we spoke about this over the last couple of days. It is evident in training that the team know they have a lot to make up for after the World Cup performance."

We don't want to lose our strength in attack, but stabilise the defence

"We were a team who highly regarded elements of the match such as possession and dominating the game. We have done this well over the course of the last year, so we won't abandon this approach completely, instead adjusting our game. We don't want to lose our strength in attack, but we do want to stabilise our defence."

"We will clean the slate and correct a few things. We have addressed a few playing and tactical issues and present ourselves differently compared with the World Cup. We are pleased to have met up again as a team, I have already telephoned several players and they all are impatiently to start again and improve. Two months have passed since the World Cup and everyone has had an opportunity to analyse and question what went wrong. I sensed a lot of self-criticism amongst the players. However, training has been focused and there is a lot of optimism in the squad."

He also spoke of the new members of the squad and how they were progressing "Thilo Kehrer, Nico Schulz and Kai Havertz: We've had two training sessions with them. The players called up for the first time have arrived and have made a good impression. They are technically and physically sound players and we hope all of them will feature at some point."

On the playmaker role: "The classic attacking playmaker hasn't been around for a while. Defensive midfielders and full-backs also have the ability to decide football matches. Several players must take on responsibility in attack.

"Of course we could try out a back three but that is not the only thing that could decide the game. It will be important for all of the players to work defensively. That is a fundamental part of the team, not the system. We tried different variations of a back-three before the world cup. It is possible that we will play with a back three again."

Turning to his opponents on Thursday, Jogi was confident his German side could compete with the new World Champions "We can definitely compete with our opponents by showing quality we have had in recent years. France's strength is based around a good defence and attacking opponents on the counter with pace. We cannot give them any opportunity to counter. They fully deserve to be world champions as they've been the best team in the world over the last one or two years. They are a balanced side which tackle well and contain talented individuals. They always have the correct players in the correct positions to succeed. They are so well equipped in every position that even their second string is full of quality."

He also spoke of his admiration for their coach Didier Deschamps "I have a good, close relationship with him. We often meet at congresses and occasionally share information. It's always nice when we get a chance to meet. I've been following his progress for a couple of years and it seems he is always under pressure to perform in France. He has taken France to another level and the success speaks for itself. I personally thought France could've won the 2014 World Cup. I am really pleased for him now they have won it."

Das sagt Joachim Löw über den Weltmeister vom VfB Stuttgart
Jogi was also asked about young French star Benjamin Pavard, who currently plays for VfB Stuttgart. Jogi said he had played a commendable role there as centre-back last year, and played well as a full-back in the World Cup. "He was strong, good in the air and fast. He is certainly popular with many top clubs."

A Dutch reporter pointed out that the Netherlands had had a far harder time recently than Germany and asked Jogi to comment on Germany's upcoming Nations League opponents. He said that their disappointment has been deep but they are a young and capable team, and the Dutch always excel at football.

Joachim Löw freut sich auf die Nations League
Jogi spoke positively of the new Nations League competition, and how UEFA had accommodated all 55 member nations in matches that would benefit them, from the promotion and relegation scenarios to the change for teams lower down the league to earn Euro championship spots.
"It is a nice change from the normal qualifying process where there usually one or two favourites to win each group. The smaller nations didn't stand a chance at qualifying; now that has changed. It's a competition where teams can also be relegated which makes it exciting for the players too."

A Spanish reporter asked about Marc-André ter Stegen, who was understandably disappointed after not keeping goal in the World Cup. Jogi said he could understand that and praised the keeper as an "absolute world-class player". However, Manuel Neuer proved both before and at the World Cup that he is number one. "Of course this situation will be re-evaluated every now and then, but as of now Marc is the man for the future." - live ticker on

On Euro 2024: "The DFB have done all they can to make our Euro 2024 bid successful. It would be great for German football. You saw in 2006 just how much it can inspire the nation."

On Sandro Wagner: "I had a phone call with Sandro Wagner about 2-3 weeks ago. Everything is fine between us. But he has resigned - and it stays that way."

On the inevitable questiosn from the foreign media on Mesut Özil, as reported earlier in the day "We have celebrated many successes together in recent years but he has retired. Mesut returning to the team is out of the question."

'This topic is over' - Germany coach Joachim Löw dismisses the prospect of Mesut Özil ending international exile

"Everything has been said," Löw insisted. "He's said he's going to step down but I haven't had a conversation with him. I'll try to talk to him next week. He was a really important player for us but he said he won't be coming back.
"There has never been any form of racism in our team, so it's not a topic at all. The DFB [German federation] are against any sort of racism or discrimination, and we have followed this approach for years.
"He's said he's going to step down. Are there any questions open? He's said he doesn't want to play, he told us his thoughts, I don't know why we should we keep talking about it. He was part of the team for a long time but not anymore. For this team it's over and he's not part of our routine anymore."

Mesut Özil return to Germany team not expected by coach Joachim Löw - 5 September 2018

"Mesut Özil from my point of view has clearly announced his retirement and closed the door by himself," Löw told Sport Bild. "A comeback is not an issue."

Training, Munich, 4 September 2018

Training, Munich, 3 September 2018

Erstes Training in München

Joachim Löw hoping to turn the page after World Cup debacle

Die Ankunft in München - from

Jonas Hector has agreed with Joachim Löw that he will not join up with the team during this international break due to his recent workload. - from

Hummels attackiert Löw-Kritiker: "Reflex von vielen Leuten mit weniger Ahnung" - 3 September 2018

Hansi Flick über Joachim Löw, die WM und die Nationalmannschaft
Flick: Neuanfang sieht anders aus
- an interview with Hansi Flick - 31 August 2018

Löw: "Können keinen radikalen Schnitt gebrauchen"
Jogi speaks to ARD. - 29 August 2018

Press Conference, Munich, 29 August 2018, with Oliver Bierhoff

Three new faces and three returnees for Nations League Opener

The Germany national team has a fresh look about it in Joachim Löw's first squad since the World Cup exit. The Germany head coach has named 23 players to take on France in the UEFA Nations League and then Peru in a friendly. The team includes three new faces and three returnees.

Defenders Thilo Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain) and Nico Schulz (TSG Hoffenheim) have been called up for the first time, alongside Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz. Defender Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen) and attackers Leroy Sané (Manchester City) and Nils Petersen (SC Freiburg) all return to the team. 17 players who went to the World Cup, including captain Manuel Neuer, keep their places for the first Germany squad of the new season, including seven World Cup winners from 2014.

"As far as the immediate future is concerned, it's important that we make some changes in the team," said Löw at the squad announcement in Munich's Allianz Arena. "We have to find the right balance between experienced players and young, energetic, hungry players."
Löw went on to talk about the team's upcoming games: "We have important fixtures ahead with the Nations League, and we'll prepare the team for the challenge. With a good mix between experience and youth, we'll get that feeling of absolute determination back. The team will be different."

"It is also important that we can make changes to the team in the immediate future. We need to find the right balance between experienced and young, dynamic, hungry players. The upcoming Nations League provides us with an important task and we will prepare the players for this challenge. With a good mixture of youth and experience, we will be able to manage this 'now more than ever' feeling again. Die Mannschaft will take on a different form."

One name missing from the squad was Sami Khedira

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"I talked a lot with Sami," Löw said.
"He told me he does not want to leave the national team but I also reiterated that I wanted to create space in his position, that I wanted to try a couple of young players.
"We will resume the speech in due course, he has set himself clear objectives and will do everything to return to play with us."
Asked about the criticism from Philipp Lahm, Jogi replied that he knew how to speak to the younger players and that things do not need to change completely.

He also said that he would never give up his football visions "A team I train will not be exclusively defensive, but we have to find the right mix."

Asked if he regretted not taking Leroy Sané to the World Cup, he emphasised "At the time of our training camp in South Tyrol, we were convinced that this squad was the best. Of course, Sané's qualities did not go unnoticed by the coaching staff." He explained to Sané after his non-selection "Your future in the national team must begin after the World Cup. You can become a very important player for us." but added that the failure in the World Cup would not have been prevented by one or two changes in playing personnel.

On Ilkay Gündogan "With Ilkay, I know that he identifies with our values. I see him as an important player for years to come, and for sporting reasons. I never questioned his selection." He also spoke of the long interview Gündogan had given ("He can do no more than that") and hoped that any whistles and boos would now stop.

On Mario Götze "He is a good age and we know that he has qualities. He has had a difficult year, and if he manages to perform well at Borussia Dortmund, he will be back in consideration."

In his press conference, Jogi also announced changes to his coaching staff. "We had a large team of staff supporting the players, but we have now decided that less is sometimes more. Thomas Schneider has taken over as head of scouting, while Urs Siegenthaler will continue as part of the scouting team but will take on a higher role."

The full squad is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)Defenders: Matthias Ginter (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen), Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Niklas Süle, Jérôme Boateng (all Bayern München), Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea), Jonas Hector (Köln)Thito Kehrer (Paris Saint-Germain),Nico Schulz (TSG Hoffenheim)
Midfield/Forwards: Julian Draxler (Paris Saint-Germain), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Müller, Leon Goretzka (all Bayern Munich), Kai Havertz, Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)Leroy Sané, Ilkay Gündogan (both Manchester City), Nils Petersen (Freiburg)

At the press conference on 29 August 2018 as well as announcing his new squad, Jogi also gave a detailed analysis on the World Cup failure and full details of this can be found in my August 2018 Archive

Last updated 13 September 2018.
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