Sunday, 9 September 2018

Rhein-Neckar-Arena, Sinsheim

"Every win will do us the world of good"
Germany - Julian Brandt 25', Nico Schulz 85'
Peru - Luis Advincula 22'

One win and one draw and while there are still things to be worked on, Jogi has been satisfied with the performances in the first international break since the World Cup, and in particular with the hard work and attitude of the squad.

Schulz's debut goal gives Germany winner against Peru

Nico Schulz debut goal gives Germany edgy win over Peru
Nico Schulz fires Germany winner against Peru

Löw praises German spirit following late winner against Peru
Löw: Germany still a work in progress after World Cup flop

"I'm glad that we won the game," Germany head coach Low told RTL.
"We felt that the team wanted to win the match, they fought until the end.
"We missed a lot of chances in the first half. That was the problem. The substitutions made the rhythm a bit broken. The balance is not yet 100 per cent."
"The winning goal was slightly fortuitous, but we also missed plenty of chances in the first half. Overall I think we played quite well, without setting the world alight. In the second half we didn't quite get our balance right, which we still need to perfect. We were a little bit more open at the back in comparison to the first half. We will need a bit more time to make sure our defence is a bit more stable. At the end of the day, the goalkeeper should have saved the winning goal. But I'm still really pleased for Nico Schulz, who has made a really good impression on me in training. The receptions we've received in both Munich and Sinsheim have been very positive. I believe that the team have understood the fact that we're under a lot pressure, although the fans have continued to back us. We have to carry on working to get that identification with the team back." - from

Löw: "We have hit our targets"

In the post-match Jogi was asked if the international break had panned out how he wanted it to "The emphasis has been on good organisation and finding the right balance in the team. We encountered some problems when Peru hit us on the counter attack but overall, the players have worked very hard and have been very focused. The team knows that we need to deliver more good performances so that the fans can re-connect themselves with Die Mannschaft after our disappointing summer. This week has shown that we are making progress and we have hit our targets for this international break."

He also discussed individual aspects of the performance:

On debutant Nico Schulz "It isn't so easy to do this in your first senior game for your country as players are a bit nervous. An international matchday is completely different to a Bundesliga matchday. I'm pleased for Nico to score the winner on his debut. He could have cleared the ball in the build-up to the goal we conceded but I am satisfied with his overall performance and his engagement. He is a very dynamic player. I believe he will be included in our squad for upcoming matches."

Asked as to whether he will be using four centre-backs, as against France, or full backs in the future "We will have to see. Our two centre-backs, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, will continue to play in the heart of defence in our important matches as they provide us with a lot of experience and incredible ball-winning ability. On the flanks, we will vary who plays but that will depend on the opposition. Matthias Ginter, Nico Schulz, Jonas Hector, Marcel Halstenburg and possibly also Phillip Max (FC Augsburg) could all feature, the latter played very well last season."

On Ilkay Gundogan "I have been satisfied with Ilkay in training this week as we saw the Ilkay we have been used to seeing from previous seasons. In the first half, he made a couple of very good passes made some good forward runs. In the second half, there wasn't as much room for him to operate in. He has made some good progress this week."

On the central striker position "I know that he [Marco Reus] prefers to play on the left flank. Just like Timo Werner, he is very good on the wing but also good as a support player who holds the ball up well to bring the wider players into the action. Nils Petersen also impressed me, he was immediately in the game after he came on and was a constant presence down the middle. I think he can make progress into the national team."

On the question of whether he will continue to use Joshua Kimmich as a defensive midfielder "I think the Nations League is really good because it is a competition with very high quality. Our opponents, France and the Netherlands, both play good football and it is important that the team continues to perform regarding our tactics and mindset. Kimmich will likely play as a defensive midfielder again in our next matches as I am very satisfied with his performances in this role and the way he takes on everything the role has to offer him."

How Germany's players rated against Peru
Match ticker from

Post-match press conference

Starting Line-Up:
Marc-André ter Stegen; Matthias Ginter (Thilo Kehrer), Jerome Boateng (Antonio Rüdiger), Niklas Süle, Nico Schulz, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos, Ilkay Gundogan (Thomas Müller), Julian Brandt (Nils Petersen), Timo Werner (Kai Havertz), Marco Reus (Julian Draxler)

Training, Sinsheim, 8 September 2018

Press Conference, Rhein-Nektar-Arena, Sinsheim, 8 September 2018

Jogi again confirmed his satisfaction with last Thursday's match"We defended well against a great offensive team like France. We'll be looking at that topic over the next weeks and months. In the second half we were more able to implement the offensive tactics that we had in mind. We have to find the right balance. Peru will offer similar things as France did."

Looking ahead to Sunday's opponents, he said "I expect the same enthusiasm and discipline that we showed against France. We must be compact in order to win the individual duals and switch on when we have won the ball. Peru are very good defensively and they will be looking for the 50-50s."

Löw set to mix things up for Peru friendly

Germany's Hummels to miss Peru game; Schulz and Brandt to start

"That is what I want to see again. What I expect is the same commitment, the same discipline as against France.
"We must not drift off again. We have to learn to consistently recreate that compactness and also maybe be a bit faster on the switch," Loew said.
"I have a chance to make six changes in this game and I will most likely use them," Loew said. "Nico Schulz will start on the left (as left back). Julian Brandt will also start."
Loew said he was also likely to continue with Joshua Kimmich in a holding midfielder role from right back "in the near future", with Matthias Ginter expected as fullback.
Mats Hummels has been ruled out on Sunday as he is nursing a minor heel injury that will take a few days to heal.

Kimmich can be Germany's number six, claims Löw

"I think that Kimmich will be a solution for the near future at number six, which I really liked," Low told reporters ahead of Germany's friendly against Peru.
"Matthias [Ginter] did a very good job on the right side. He saved us a couple of times in battles when we were in dire need.
"In addition, I see Thilo Kehrer in this position, he is fast, he has a good tackle and he is technically quite good."
Joachim Löw confirms that Marc-André ter Stegen will start

Löw für frühere Anstoßzeiten
Jogi spoke about the late kick-off time (20.45 German time) and that a 18.00 or 19.00 start would enable more children to get to see their idols.7

He also spoke of more open training sessions for the fans "We have agreed internally that we will do a public training session around October or November, three or four days before the international game. Making a final training session before a match open to the public is definitely not a good idea."

Löw holt gegen Peru einen legendären Herberger-Rekord
Loew set for record-equalling 167th game as Germany coach
The match on Sunday night will enable Jogi to equal Sepp Herberger's record of 167 matches in charge of Germany.

Ankunft und Training - 8 September 2018

On Friday, 7 September 2018, it was announced by the DFB Team Twitter feed that Leroy Sane had left the squad hotel due to 'private reasons'. Those wishing to create headlines of problems where they were none were disappointed however when Leroy announced 24 hours later that he had left for the happiest of reasons, as his girlfriend had just given birth to their first child. In a further tweet he thanked Jogi for letting him leave to be present at the birth.

All the team news and comments on squad selection ahead of the September internationals can be found on my France page.

Last updated 12 September 2018.
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