Tuesday, 8 June 2018

Bay Arena, Leverkusen

"We'll continue to improve and, when the tournament starts, we'll be ready."

Germany - Timo Werner 8', Omar Hawsawi (og) 43'
Saudi Arabia - Taisir Al Jassim 84'

Although not a scintillating performance by any means, Germany end their winless streak and Joachim Löw looks ahead to Russia with confidence. He is, however, less than happy with the treatment of one of his players by the Leverkusen crowd.

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"I believe we started well. Our movement was good in the first half. In the second half, we rested on our laurels a bit. We missed too many chances and gave too many away. At the end, we even needed a bit of luck. Next week, we'll out in a more dynamic and vibrant performance."

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When Ilkay Gündogan came on in the second-half, as substitute for Marco Reus, whistles could be heard from the German fans. Jogi reacted by applauding the player himself and encouraging the crowd to do so. After the match, he spoke of his annoyance at the behaviour.

Jogi Löw sauer über Pfiffe gegen Gündogan
Ilkay Gundogan jeers annoy Germany coach Joachim Loew

"The fact that a national player is booed like that helps nobody," Loew told broadcaster ARD.
"What should Ilkay do now?
"He took a picture, okay, but he has addressed it with the press and underlined his support for German values.
"The topic has to be ticked off."
He added that he does not know how the supporters will behave in Russia, but that the management team will support Ilkay.

"Das hat mich schon geschmerzt" - post-match interview

Joachim Löw declared himself delighted with Marco Reus' first-half performance. "He has done very well, and was very very agile", and added he created many opportunities from midfield. He said he believed Marco would make a significant contribution to the tournament but stressed that the starting eleven will not remain the same throughout.

He explained that Jerome Boatend did not play for the full 90 minutes as the management team did not want to take any risks, but they are also pleased with his progress and the impression he has made in training. They can continue to work on his progress in Russia.

Jogi emphasised that the substitution of Manuel Neuer was not because of any problems, but was a desire to give Marc-André ter Stegen match practice.

Beady-eyed Bild noticed Jogi was wearing a 'five-star' bracelet as a lucky charm for the World Cup.

Match highlights from

Post-match press conference

Post-match interview on ARD

Starting Line-Up:
Manuel Neuer (Marc-André ter Stegen), Joshua Kimmich (Matthias Ginter), Jerome Boateng (Niklas Süle), Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Thomas Müller (Julian Brandt), Marco Reus (Ilkay Gündogan), Julian Draxler, Timo Werner(Mario Gomez)

"Ich mache mir Gedanken keine Sorgen"
Joachim Löw speaks to ARD - 8 June 2018

Reise nach Köln - 7 June 2018
The squad leave their training base in South Tyrol and travel to Kön for their final pre-tournament friendly.

At a press conference on Thursday, 7 June 2018, Miroslav Klose confirmed that Timo Werner will start against Saudi Arabia.

Mesut Ozil to miss Germany's final pre-World Cup friendly as 'precaution' - 7 June 2018
Mesut Özil didn't take part in team training in Eppan on Thursday as a precaution, after suffering a minor bruise on his left knee. Instead, he completed high-intensity running exercises.

The days prior to the friendly against Saudi Arabia can be found on my South Tyrol Training Camp Week 3 page.

Last updated 11 June 2018.
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