Tuesday 6 September 2011


"It is not necessary to play without fault in friendly matches. They are necessary to learn and we will learn from such matches."

Poland - Robert Lewandowski 55', Jakub Blaszczykowski (pg) 90'
Germany - Toni Kroos 68' (pg), Cacau 90+4'

That's what friendlies are for....
Germany earn a draw with a stoppage-time equaliser, in a game Jogi considers a good learning curve.

Germany steal last-gasp equalizer in Poland friendly
Joachim Low's men battle to draw in injury time
Euro co-hosts Poland draw with Germany

"I am grateful that we have games like this friendly and I am grateful that we managed to draw in the end. I am grateful that we realised that we are not going to win every game."
Löw said that even if some things were not the way they have been in other games, he was not too concerned. "After all, we did have many new players and it is impossible to get them all to play as a unit straight away."
Löw said that he felt his side should have gone ahead in the first half. "We had a lot of chances in the first half and should have scored. But then it was good to come back twice."

"The fact that some things don't work is also my responsibility - if we make so many changes. In a friendly, you can't expect everything to work, but it does offer the coach some insights."

No concerns for Löw despite draw
Löw pleased with learning curve
"I am grateful for games like today," he explained on Tuesday. "I am also thankful that we don't play every game like we did against Austria because I think it is good when we have difficulties, like against Poland. That is good for a young side because then we will be prepared for anything like this during a tournament."
Nevertheless, Low was also grateful that Germany did not lose in Poland."Of course I am also pleased with the result and that we could grab a draw just before the end," he added."It is good that we came from behind twice because this is a learning curve.Now we must learn a few more things because we are still making small mistakes."

Player ratings from goal.com
Match review and analysis from Bundesligafanatic

Löw: "Ich finde es gut, wenn wir auf Schwierigkeiten stoßen" - an interview with Jogi on dfb website
"Wir machen noch kleinere Fehler" from sueddeutsche.de
Löw zieht die Spaßbremse - Jogi the party-pooper - Spiegel.de's take on the game.

Match highlights from team.dfb.de

Post Match interview from ZDF

Spotlight on Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski from goal.com as both players return to the play in the country of their birth. - 6 September 2011

The team arrived in Gdansk on Monday 5 September 2011 and held a press conference later that day.Joachim Löw spoke of the DFB's decision to make their headquarters for Euro 2012 in Gdansk saying it was a beautiful city and ideally suited to their needs. Although he had not yet been to the new stadium, he said it looked good from the outside and reminded him of the Allianz-Arena in Munich.
Germany coach Joachim Löw says he has not yet decided on his starting lineup for Tuesday's friendly against Poland.
Löw told a news conference Monday that Benedikt Höwedes is still a doubt for the game. The Schalke defender only played the first half of Friday's 6-2 win over Austria.
Loew said "if there's an element of risk, he'll be rested," while Bayern Munich defender Holger Badstuber "will definitely get a break. The central defense position beside Per Mertesacker is still open."
Positions in attack are still open too.
Löw said he had "a certain sense of anticipation for the game" and that his players will be highly motivated.from Yahoo Sports

The conference with Jogi and Lukas Podolski can be seen in full on tv.dfb.de

Live ticker from the press conference
A summary of the Press Conference a Polish viewpoint on poland2012.net

Jogi talks tactics with Bild as he speaks of switching from 4-2-3-1 to 4-1-4-1 for a more attacking formation. - 5 September 2011
"This is the next step for the team," said Löw. "It is no longer enough to operate with two players in front of the defence, because then we would have six defensive players. This is too much."
Low clarified that Bastian Schweinsteiger will remain his midfield anchor and confirmed at the Gdanskpress conference that his interpretation of a 4-1-4-1 involves three different types of player in the centre, rather than two anchors or two playmakers."Bastian is the regulatory hand in front of the defence, he plays behind Mesut Ozil," the coach added. - from goal.com

Training, Düsseldorf, 4 September 2011

Löw to ring changes for friendly
"My decision is a part of our sporting concept.I have always said that those players who are involved in league, cup and international football with their clubs should be given a break whenever it is possible and makes sense.This gives them the opportunity to do specialized training at their club and it gives us a chance to give young players a chance and to test at national team level.
We have worked towards having a team in which players can be replaced. It has to be like that if you want to win something and be a part of the best teams in the world."
Lars Bender gets Germany call - 4 September 2011

Joachim Low sends Germany trio Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger & Manuel Neuer home ahead of Poland friendly - 3 September 2011

For news of the squad selection prior to the September 2011 internationals, see my Austria match page.

The last time Germany played Poland? At their opening fixture of Euro 2008

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